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Monday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

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This weekend may have featured brawls of just about every description up and down the eight existing NHL playoff matchups, but Sunrise escaped the escalating mayhem by producing a spectacularly entertaining game Sunday on the wings of a mere 12 minutes in penalties - total. That followed Friday's opener which finished with only 10 minutes more; astounding numbers considering the mindless madness which has enveloped the league in recent days.

Conversely, hits have climbed from 92 to 102 in the two games, indicative of a climbing level of disciplined intensity. And if you thought Florida's Ed Jovanovski was finished, consider this: the 6-3" 35 year-old Panthers blueliner led both clubs with 7 hits Sunday, up from 2 in the previous game.

Final - 4.15.2012 1 2 3 Total
New Jersey Devils 0 0 2 2
Florida Panthers 1 2 1 4

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Sunday's NHL Playoff action

  • (5) PHI over (4) PIT, 8-4: Briere's 5 points (2G) highlight what became '70s Throwback Night at Wells Fargo Center; Flyers lead series 3-0.
  • (4) NSH over (5) DET, 3-2 (REG): To no avail, Wings peppered Rinne with 43 shots as Howard stopped 19; Predators lead series 2-1.
  • (8) LA over (1) VAN, 1-0 (REG): Might be a wise time to dust off the kevlar and polish up the lexan in B.C.; Kings lead series 3-0.

Tonight's games

  • (1) NY Rangers at (8) Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. (CNBC): Series tied at 1
  • (2) Boston at (7) Washington, 7:30 p.m. (NBC-SN): Series tied at 1
  • (2) St. Louis at (7) San Jose, 10 p.m. (NBC-SN): Series tied at 1

Ahead for us

  • The Panthers are headed to Newark for a 7 p.m. clash with the Devils on Tuesday in Game Three of their quarterfinal series. Note that the game will not be presented by FS-Florida, but on sister network Sun Sports. The LBC Game Thread will begin its frontal assault at 6.
  • Watch Parties are scheduled for both road games at Duffy's in Plantation; safely assume they get underway about an hour before puck-drop (here's a little more, but the times listed are a bit screwy).
  • Our good friend Kywi has suggested a meetup/watch party at the Saveology Iceplex (Panthers' practice facility w/ a sports bar) in Coral Springs. Sounds like a great idea.

In New Jersey for the games? ILWT's John Fischer was kind enough to lend us a few ideas as to where to hang before and after the matches:

Popular hangouts for Devils fans before the games around the Rock include the Brick City Bar & Grill, Loft 47, and Edison Ale House - all right across the street from the Prudential Center. A little further away, but still in walking distance, is Hell's Kitchen, which is quite popular.

If you are planning to attend either of the games please let us know - in the comments - and we'll try to hook a few of you together.