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Panthers Swept In Two-Game Series To Blackhawks

Last week, the Florida Panthers had the best record in the league. But following Thursday, they’re on a three-game losing streak.

After a scoreless first, the Chicago Blackhawks scored two in the second period to go up 2-0. In the third period, the Blackhawks scored an empty netter in garbage time to win 3-0.

Jonathan Huberdeau addressed this:

“I think we’re trying to be too cute,” Jonathan Huberdeau said. “Just skate a little bit more. We look like we’re not skating. Just do that. That’s what we’ve been doing all year, and I think the last 3 games we’ve just kind of stopped. That’s not the way we’ve got to play if we want to win.”

The Panthers were held to a shutout after putting up 41 shots on the net. The offense seemed to be nowhere without Aleksander Barkov out due to injury. On top of that, this strong power-play team was inefficient, going 0-6. As for the Blackhawks, their PP unit went 1/3 and the team had more than double blocked shots at 22.

“Their goalie played strong, a couple of massive saves for them at key times,” rookie Mason Marchment said. “Bob played great for us, too. We just need to get a couple on the board for him.”

Star of the Game: Aaron Ekblad (2 H, 2 BLK)

In a shutout with this talented of a squad, it’s hard to give someone a star, especially a defenseman, but Ekblad played a good, hard game. He continued his defensive dominance with a pair of hits and a pair of blocks and attempted to be a force on offense with seven shots.

Tyler Winter is studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Winter has written in the past, mainly covering high school sports and some New York Yankees.

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