Daily Archives: March 1, 2013

The February Rookie Of The Month: Jonathan Huberdeau

Rookie Jonathan Huberdeau after opening night against Carolina. Image property of Panther Parkway

The NHL announced today that Florida Panther rookie forward Jonathan Huberdeau has been voted as the NHL Rookie of the Month for February.  The 19 year old Huberdeau leads all NHL rookies in goals with 8, and shots with 57, and ranks second in points with 13.  February has been his breakout month which has seen him score six times and add six assists while playing on a line with Peter Mueller, and another rookie Drew Shore.  That line has unofficially been dubbed the “Kid Line” and has been able to create a lot of excitement as well as multiple scoring chances with their energetic play.

His career best game came on February 21st against the Philadelphia Flyers as he scored twice and had two assists, including the game winning goal on a penalty shot.  The Panthers went on to win that game 5-2 chasing starting goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov along the way.

Here’s the official release of stats and highlight video from NHL.com.

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Panthers Fall Behind Early, Bested By Sabres in Shootout

On a night in which the Florida Panthers played possibly one of their best all-around games of the season, the unlucky Cats still could not pull off a victory over the Buffalo Sabres, inevitably losing 4-3 in a shootout.

The action at the BB&T Center kicked off early on on Thursday night as George Parros and John Scott squared off for a heavyweight bout only 2:37 into the game. Although Parros was able to get in a few good punches, Scott eventually dropped Parros’ to his knees - giving him his second victory against the veteran figther this season. Parros last chance to beat Scott this year will come when the Panthers face the Sabres for the final time during the regular season on March 28th.

After the dust had settled from the brawl, the real action got underway as the Panthers and Sabres combined for an astounding 5 goals during the first period of play alone. Although he was impressive in his shutout relief appearance of Jose Theodore on Tuesday night, backup Scott Clemmensen just didn’t seem to have his head on straight Thursday against the Sabres. Clemmensen allowed 3 goals on just 10 shots before being pulled in favor of Jose Theodore. Much like Theodore’s performance on Tuesday night, Clemmensen fell victim to allowing soft and costly goals - a trend that hopefully won’t continue for either netminder.

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