I’m the first to admit the movie Major League II isn’t the greatest sequel ever, but it gave us a line we’ve used a lot this Florida Panthers season.
Captain of Cleveland Lou Brownformer Toledo Mud Hens manager and the local Tire World, is trying to swell his squad – which, like the Panthers, was in a slump after a very successful season.
“OK, we won a game yesterday,” Brown said. “If we win today, it’s called ‘two in a row’. And if we win again tomorrow, it’s called a ‘winning streak’. It’s happened before.”
There are plenty of other quotable scenes from this movie (not as many as the original, but hey, that one is a classic), only the winning streak certainly applies to the Panthers.
Yes, Ricky Vaughn, winning streaks have happened before.
Just not around here. Not lately, anyway.
The Panthers won their second straight game on Friday night, hanging on for life in the dying minutes to beat the host Red Wings 3-2.
Florida now heads to Dallas for the second meeting of the season against the Stars as they seek their first real winning streak of the season.
The Panthers aren’t playing perfect hockey right now, but what they’re doing now is playing a strong, solid game.
It’s going to take a lot to beat the Stars on Sunday afternoon but, again, it’s already arrived.
HOCKEY IN FLORIDA NOW
Aaron Ekblad grew up on the Canadian side of the Detroit River in Windsor and loved his Detroit Red Wings.
He certainly hasn’t shown them much love since the Panthers made him the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. The Panthers have won 17 of their last 20 games in The D, either at Joe Louis Arena or Little Caesars Arena.
Ekblad played a big part in many of these victories.
– The Panthers had big games from their big players on Friday night under the name Ekblad, Sasha Barkov and Sergei Bobrovsky were the heroes in Detroit.
— The sight of Detroit Hockey Now: Detroit Red Wings still can’t figure out Bobrovsky as special teams made Red Wings vs. Panthers.
– We have plenty of Detroit post-game videos with Ekblad, Bobrovsky and the coach Paul Maurice – who, like Ekblad, also grew up in Windsor and still has many ties there.
There is also the pre-match of Matthew Tkachuk talks about his Friday morning All-Star selection.
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NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW
A bit of drama with the Washington Capitals on Friday night as Trevor Van Riemsdyk takes responsibility for the loss of the Preds as Antoine Mantha didn’t have a lot of playing time.
– We don’t know of a Tim Hortons in western Pennsylvania, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is in another interesting commercial for the coffee chain – which absolutely must return to South Florida.
Yeah, they were here in Broward at the time. We’ll use another baseball movie quote, this one from Annie Savoy: You can search for it.
— Speaking of Broward, the two former Florida Panthers (Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar) were not the Calgary Flames’ first all-star selection. It went to Nazem Kadri.
– And while Cale Makar is a very good player, the NHL made a mistake on the selection of the Colorado Avalanche.
— The Montreal Canadiens will be without Kaiden Guhlé for the next two months due to injury.
– The San Jose Sharks claimed Mikey Eyssimon off waivers from Winnipeg and it looks set to tip over.
PANTHERS ON DECK
FLORIDA PANTHERS AT DALLAS STARS
- When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
- Where: FLA Live Arena, sunrise
- Television/Broadcast: Bally Sports in Florida; ESPN+
- Radio: WQAM 560-AM; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
- Panther Radio Broadcast: SiriusXM 932
- Last season: Split 1-1
- This season (Stars lead 1-0): Dallas 6, Florida 4 (Nov. 10)
- All-time regular season series: Florida leads 24-20-2, tie 3
- Next step for the Panthers: Tuesday in Colorado, 9:30 p.m.