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The Rat Trick: Afternoon NHL links 3/14/14


Welcome to The Rat Trick’s NHL links, your best place to find out what’s going on in the hockey world. Today is 3/14 so Happy Pi day to everyone! The Florida Panthers dropped fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning by the score of 5-4. A late comeback attempt came up just short.

The San Jose Sharks are – surprise, surprise – enjoying a great regular season, but the question is always how they will do when playoff time comes around. This season the key to that success could be the power play. [Blades of Teal]

Former NHLer and 2014 Olympian Petr Nedved announced his retirement from professional hockey. He had been playing in Europe for the last seven years. [NHL.com]

The Panthers will be playing the Los Angeles Kings next week, who are one of the top teams in the league. But is their record against other top teams an red flag? [Rink Royalty]

With players like Erik Gudbranson and Dmitry Kulikov on the roster, Panthers’ fans should know all about young defenders struggling. Ryan Murphy is one of the more talented young defensemen in the league. Since his recall back to the NHL, Murphy is playing the way the Carolina Hurricanes thought he could play. [Cardiac Cane]

With all the rules in place about shots to the head, it is good to hear that the league is getting the results they want. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced that concussions are down this year. [ESPN]

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