The latest setback for the Florida Panthers came Friday when the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins made a two-goal deficit disappear in a blink, coming up with three second-period goals en route to a 4-3 win.
Four former members of the Florida Panthers are now a part of the Las Vegas Knights organization, who are in their first year as an NHL franchise. In fact, they are the first major pro team in Vegas history, and now they have become so much more than that.
October is the grand intersection when football, baseball, hockey and basketball all are happening at once, as reflected in our latest Hot Button, the Sunday Top 5 list of what South Florida sports fans are talking about.
It didn’t go as planned in the season opener as the Florida Panthers rallied from down two goals only to give up two early goals in the third and fell to the Tamp Bay Lightning 5-3 at Amalie Arena. Connor Brickley, Mark Pysyk and Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers while Roberto Luongo took the loss in net.
George Richards had been with the Miami Herald since he was a senior at Cooper City High School in 1989 and has covered the Florida Panthers for the paper since 2004. Richards starts his new job at the Columbus Dispatch covering the NHL Blue Jackets next week.