| Feb 2, 2015
| 8:00 PM
The Panthers were playing as if their playoff lives were on the line.
That's because it was. Time of death: 8:10 of the third period. Cause: accidental, but self-inflicted.
Despite a rare fast start and a furious rally, the Panthers were done in when...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 2:20 PM
Just when the Panthers plug up one leak, another gaping hole seems to appear, and if it continues to widen their playoff hopes will soon sink into it.
Thanks to some brainstorming during the weeklong All-Star break by coach Gerard Gallant and assistant...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 5:04 PM
Panthers rookie blue-liner Aaron Ekblad grew up in Windsor, Ontario, about an icing call away from Joe Louis Arena, where he would study Detroit Red Wings 11-time All-Star defenseman Niklas Lidstrom.
At 13, Ekblad had dinner with his father and...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 10:36 AM
As swiftly as momentum comes, it can leave even quicker. Just ask the Panthers.
After winning four of their previous five games -- and collecting eight points on the road for the first time in franchise history – the Panthers lost their past two...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 4:34 PM
Not only did the Florida Panthers' performance break down in the finale of a taxing six-game trip at Winnipeg, so did their airplane.
A five-hour wait at the airport for a replacement plane Wednesday extended what was already the longest trip of the...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 4:09 PM
— While the hockey world has been abuzz over the return of Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo to Vancouver for the first time since last March's stunning trade, defenseman Willie Mitchell is enjoying a more relaxed homecoming.
Mitchell, who was born...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 6:19 PM
— The surging Panthers may have played their worst defensive period of the season in a wild, six-goal second frame, but the two main blue-line culprits did more than atone for their gaffes.
The team's top defensive tandem of Dmitry Kulikov and...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 4:27 PM
— Although the Panthers' 4-2 loss to the Blues still stung three days later, a few players on Thursday were chuckling how they somehow survived a two-man, 1:54 disadvantage with basically two players with sticks when Derek MacKenzie broke his...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 2:10 PM
— When Los Angeles Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi told Willie Mitchell that there was no salary-cap room to resign him a few days after he had hoisted his second Stanley Cup in three seasons, it rocked the veteran defenseman's world.
| Nov 17, 2014
| 5:05 PM
Willie Mitchell returns to Staples Center on Tuesday to play for the first time since the Stanley Cup Final, and the Kings have some festivities planned to mark the occasion.
A team official said Mitchell, who signed a two-year contract with the Florida...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 2:24 PM
— Defenseman Willie Mitchell isn't the only former member of the Kings organization who returned to the Staples Center for the first time Tuesday since parting ways last summer.
Panthers defensive coach Mark Morris spent eight seasons as the...