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Florida Panthers fall in last game of road trip

The Florida Panthers wrapped up their nightmarish road trip with a 6-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, finishing their four game West coast swing with a record of 1-3.

Florida pushed the action for much of the first period, outshooting the Ducks 12-8 in the first frame but still fell behind 1-0 on a Patrick Maroon power play goal. Ryan Whitney, who played in his first NHL game since November 5, took the penalty that led to the goal.

The Panthers hoped to use a flurry of action in the Ducks’ zone at the end of the period to turn the tide in their favor, but it was to no avail – as Teemu Selanne scored 15 seconds into the second period, which launched a wild and crazy middle frame.

Six goals were scored during the second, including Jimmy Hayes’ tenth of the season – as well as Tomas Fleischmann’s eighth. The goal by Fleischmann was only his second goal since the middle of January.

Along with Selanne, Jakob Silfverberg scored a shorthanded goal, as well as Kyle Palmieri and Corey Perry to give the Ducks a commanding 5-2 lead after the Panthers had pulled the game within one.

Captain Ryan Getzlaf would score his 30th of the season, a beautiful give-and-go with Selanne put the finishing touches on the Panthers.

With the nightmarish road trip over, the Panthers will head home for a quick three game home stand, which begins with a game against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

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  • Camera Mike

    Watching the past two games has been like watching a microcosm of the entire season. Flashes of energetic and exciting play from the younger players followed by stretches of lackadaisical play. In the first two periods of the games the players were taking shots and trying to get into position for one timers or rebounds only to look tired and uninterested in the third. It is starting to look like the team is just trying to get through the rest of the season without any more injuries and while I can’t fully blame them for that attitude it would be nice to see them show more pride and desire. Hopefully I am interpreting things incorrectly, but if not then I hope this mindset doesn’t continue into next season.