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Panthers outlast Canucks, get bad news about Markstrom

Jan 9, 2012, 10:58 PM EDT

On a night when the Florida Panthers bested their former franchise goalie, they also got some bad news about the next guy.

The Panthers topped Roberto Luongo and the red-hot Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in Sunrise as their fans celebrated the win by sending rats to the ice.

It must have been a great scene, but you have to wonder if it was a bit bittersweet for the team’s management. Head coach Kevin Dineen revealed that goalie of the future Jacob Markstrom’s knee injury could keep him out for “some time” according to George Richards of the Miami Herald. A knee injury is especially troubling because that’s the same injury that ended his season early last year.

In a way, tonight’s combination of good and bad shows how far the Panthers have come in 2011-12. Instead of looking to much ballyhooed prospects like Markstrom and the potential for future brillaince, the team is giving fans reasons to bask in the present.

Ideally they’d be able to enjoy the best of both worlds, but much like Markstrom’s knee, that might take some time.

  1. blomfeld - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    SPEAKING OF RATS …

    did anyone else notice how that rat Burrows kicked the feet out from under Brian Campbell late in the 3rd period ? … I feel like most of you no doubt, that this vermin should get at least 6 games ! …

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 10, 2012 at 12:01 AM

      Somebody is going to say enough is enough and they’re going to hurt the kid.

      Now where have I heard that before?

    • howiehandles - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:05 AM

      Funny too that I just had a discussion with some Nyuk fans regarding Burrows, for their saying he had turned himself around. What, based on a couple of months? But they also said that all of Torres’s hits while a Nyuk where just good clean hits, so their credibility was shot rather quickly.

      • edrooney - Jan 10, 2012 at 6:49 AM

        Didn’t you guys hear? They are tough now!! They proved it on Saturday in Boston, just ask Daniel!

  2. salmon90 - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    He was just protecting himself from getting concussed.

  3. barkar942 - Jan 10, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    It is really all Bryzgalov’s fault!
    Oh, sorry. I thought this was the thread about the universe being out of balance in Philly.

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