Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Let's skate two? Panthers, Preds do

SUNRISE — On an 87-degree summer day in South Florida, the Panthers tried to get people thinking about hockey.

Twice.

The NHL preseason started in unusual fashion Monday, with the Panthers hosting the Predators for a doubleheader — one where no player skated in both games. Nashville won the first game 5-3, a matchup that began at 3:08 p.m. with an estimated 500 in the seats.

Nearly seven hours later, Florida finished off a 4-3 win in the nightcap.

"I think it's a neat idea," Panthers forward Steven Reinprecht said. "And it's definitely created a buzz."

The Panthers called it "Hockey Day in South Florida," with autograph sessions and plenty of reminders that the season starts for real next month.

More preseason highlights: Nathan Gerbe scored 4:09 into the third to break a tie, and the host Sabres beat the Hurricanes 3-1. … Tyler Bozak scored twice in the third, and the host Maple Leafs beat the Senators 4-2.

Around the league: Center Brayden Schenn and defenseman Blake Kessel, two rookies trying to make the Flyers, could face their brothers in a preseason game tonight in Toronto. The Leafs' roster includes All-Star forward Phil Kessel and defenseman Luke Schenn. … The Kings signed physical forward Kevin Westgarth, 27, to a two-year, $1.45 million deal through the 2013-14 season.

Let's skate two? Panthers, Preds do 09/19/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2011 11:38pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Slumping LoMo, Dickerson not in Rays lineup tonight vs LHP

    Blogs

    1B Logan Morrison and LF Corey Dickerson, two of the main slumpers in the Rays lineup, are not in tonight's lineup with the Orioles throwing LHP Wade Miley.

    Logan Morrison is 0-for-12 on this homestand.
  2. Ex-Buc Booger McFarland becomes ABC college football analyst

    Blogs

    Former Bucs defensive lineman Booger McFarland is continuing his broadcasting rise by joining ABC's studio coverage for the upcoming college football season, ESPN announced Tuesday.

    Former Bucs lineman Booger McFarland (No. 92) will become an ABC studio analyst this college football season.
  3. Rank the top 10 Bucs players? Here's what fans said

    Blogs

    We mentioned this morning that is was a fun challenge, in response to Sports Illustrated's ranking of the NFL's top 400 players, to ask fans to rank their top 10 Bucs players.

    Bucs receiver Mike Evans celebrates with quarterback Jameis Winston during last year's Bucs win against the Seahawks. Evans and Winston finished 1-2 in an informal Twitter poll of fans ranking their top Bucs players.
  4. Brain study examined 111 former NFL players. Only one didn't have CTE.

    Storm

    Researchers studying the link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy found that 99 percent of the brains donated by families of former NFL players showed signs of the neurodegenerative disease, according to a new study published Tuesday.

    This combination of photos provided by Boston University shows sections from a normal brain, top, and from the brain of former University of Texas football player Greg Ploetz, bottom, in stage IV of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. According to a report released on Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association, research on the brains of 202 former football players has confirmed what many feared in life -- evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a devastating disease in nearly all the samples, from athletes in the NFL, college and even high school. [Dr. Ann McKee | BU via AP]
  5. How do Bucs players rank? SI puts 16 in their NFL top 400

    Blogs

    It's a fun exercise for Bucs fans: If you had to rank Tampa Bay's best players, how would your top 10 look?

    Bucs receiver Mike Evans, shown at mandatory minicamp last month, was ranked as the No. 70 player in the NFL by Sports Illustrated's Monday Morning Quarterback. That's much lower than he was ranked in NFL Network's top 100 this summer.