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Recap: Panthers thump Canucks 5-2 to open homestand

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The Florida Panthers opened a three-game homestand with a feisty 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks at FLA Live Arena, where the club is now a dominating 19-3 this season. Florida is now 6-0-1 in its last seven games.

Sam Reinhart, returning after missing three games in covid protocol, scored twice and added an assist, Aaron Ekblad produced a goal and two assists, and Aleksander Barkov notched Florida’s fifth goal on a shorthanded breakaway with a one minute to go in the second period. Barkov also drew an assist on Reinhart’s first goal, which came 1:06 after Ekblad started the scoring off 5:18 into the opening frame with a quarter-slapper from the point.

Sergei Bobrovsky delivered another quality start with a 42-save effort that saw the veteran keeper get his 17th win, lower his GAA to 2,55, and up his save percentage to .919.

The Canucks, who thanks to a couple of covid-related postponements hadn’t played since New Year’s Day, got a short-side snipe from Jason Dickinson, which cut the deficit to 2-1, and third period rebound goal from former Panther Juho Lammikko.

Ekblad’s goal and Reinhart’s 66 seconds later, a tip off a shot from Radko Gudas, who immediately dropped the glove to fight J.T. Miller, was the tenth of the season for each player, giving the Panthers seven skaters in double-digit goals just 36 games into the season.

Rookie Anton Lundell had two helpers, including a nifty little between-the-legs centering feed to Maxim Mamin, who lifted a backhander by Thatcher Demko 9:12 into second, as did Frank Vatrano. Jonathan Huberdeau, whose wrist shot from the left circle glanced off Reinhart’s hip for a power-play goal, extended his point streak to six games.

The two early goals gave the Panthers a cushion they would not relinquish the rest of the way, despite getting outshot and outhit by hefty margins by the the visiting Canucks, who lost in regulation for the first time under new coach Bruce Boudreau. Florida‘s special teams clicked with a power-play goal and then a shorty 26 seconds apart midway through the second to put Vancouver in a deep hole. The Cats will be looking for a bit of revenge when they host the Dallas Stars on Friday. That game will be followed a day later by a date with the middling Columbus Blue Jackets.

Orcas & Seas

  • This is just the second time in franchise history that the Panthers have accumulated more than 50 points through 36 games. The only other time was in 1995-96, the season that the team went to the Stanley Cup final.
  • The Cats solved Thatcher Demko, who was 7-0-0 with a 1.40 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage since the coaching, five times on 26 shots.
  • Florida’s second Sam, Bennett, also returned to the lineup after serving a three-game suspension. Bennett had a shot, hit and block in 14:52 TOI.
  • Defenseman Brad Hunt drew the secondary assist on both Vancouver goals. Conor Garland and Tyler Motte had the primaries.
  • MacKenzie Weegar joined Radko Gudas in Florida’s fight club by squaring off with Tanner Pearson late in the game. The pair had a team-leading three hits each during the tilt.
  • The Panthers brought J.T. Miller’s nine-game scoring streak to an end. Miller, the Canucks leading scorer, collected 13 points during the run.
  • For more on round one of Florida and Vancouver, visit Nucks Misconduct

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Heat rally falls short in 110-108 loss to Hawks

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An exhilarating rally fell just short of a memorable road victory, as Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat ran a perfectly executed play that could have been the game winner against the host Atlanta Hawks. Instead, Butler’s close shot rolled off the rim and the Hawks held on for the 110-108 victory Friday night.

Miami only held a brief lead seconds into the game but Atlanta controlled most of the game until they nearly fell apart in the final six minutes. Duncan Robinson scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a big 3-pointer that had them within six points with three minutes remaining and another that trimmed the lead to just one point with less than a minute remaining.

Young’s two free throws gave Atlanta their biggest lead of the night at 18 points near the end of the third quarter, but Miami showed resilience to get so frustratingly close to stealing the win. Unfortunately the Heat ran out of time with the margin of error so razor thin and every play needing to be executed perfectly. After two Butler free throws and Robinson’s 3 cut the deficit to one point, Butler curled off a screen at the top of the key and seemingly had the easy alley-oop basket that didn’t go in. Young split a pair of free throws, giving the Heat another opportunity to tie it or take the lead but the play went nowhere fast, ending with Butler missing a difficult 3-point shot attempt in the corner and Max Strus missing a fallaway putback jumper.

Even though they were outscored 34-22 in the final quarter, Atlanta held on to secure their third straight home victory and avoided losing to Miami for the third time in less than two weeks. Young scored 28 points and went 12-15 from the free throw line — earning more free throw attempts than the Heat as a team.

Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro both were unavailable and PJ Tucker injured his left knee in the first quarter and did not return to the game.

Adebayo had another strong game, leading his team with 21 points while also grabbing six rebounds and dishing five assists. Max Strus scored 15 points off the bench, all in the first half. Butler contributed 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes. Gabe Vincent started once again and scored 14 points and had nine assists.

The loss drops the Heat to third in the East, just percentage points behind the Chicago Bulls, who lost to the Milwaukee Bucks tonight. Both teams are now half a game behind the Brooklyn Nets.

Miami returns home to host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at 6:00pm on NBA TV.

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Video: Trae Young talks trash to Bam Adebayo, proceeds to break Duncan Robinson ankles and sink 3

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  • Updated: January 21, 2022

Bam Adebayo and Trae Young

The Miami Heat are looking to continue their ascent in the Eastern Conference standings tonight against the Atlanta Hawks.

At one point, big man Bam Adebayo talked trash to Hawks star Trae Young, and shortly afterward, Young responded by putting a move on Duncan Robinson.

Bam Adebayo talking trash to Trae Young, here’s what Trae did in response: pic.twitter.com/oAX5uGVWhb

— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 22, 2022

Adebayo recently returned after missing several weeks due to a thumb injury. Needless to say, he is a major part of Miami’s championship aspirations.

The Heat are currently tied with the Chicago Bulls for the top spot in the East, but the Bulls hold the tiebreaker.

Meanwhile, the Hawks, just one season removed from a surprise trip to the Eastern Conference Finals, are sputtering with a 19-25 record.

Young is having a banner season, as he’s averaging 27.9 points and 9.5 assists per game. His efficiency from the field has also improved significantly compared to last season.

As of this writing, the Heat are trailing the Hawks by a sizable margin in the fourth quarter. With Chicago battling the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, Miami has a great opportunity to perhaps take over first place in the conference.

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Swim & Dive Hosts FGCU on Senior Day this Saturday

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MIAMI (Jan. 21, 2022) – The FIU women’s swimming and diving team hosts its last home dual-meet of the season this Saturday, Jan. 22, when the Panthers welcome FGCU to the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center on Senior Day.


 


The Panthers and Eagles are set to begin competition at 11 a.m. ET.

FIU will honor its nine seniors before the meet with the ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m.


 

FOLLOW LIVE


A live stream will be available via the FIU Athletics Facebook page. Live results can also be tracked via the Meet Mobile app through the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android users.


 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


The meet will run the standard 16 event format including two relays, 12 individual swimming events, as well as the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. The order of events is as follows:

200 Medley Relay


3m Diving (Will run concurrently with swimming)


1000 Freestyle


200 Freestyle


100 Backstroke


100 Breaststroke


200 Butterfly


50 Freestyle


1m Diving

20-minute break


100 Freestyle


200 Backstroke


200 Breaststroke


500 Freestyle


100 Butterfly


400 Individual Medley


200 Freestyle Relay


 

MEET PREVIEW


FIU enters the competition with a 4-1 overall record in dual meets this year. In their last head-to-head competition, the Panthers defeated Marshall by a score of 178-122 (Dec. 17). Saturday’s contest will mark the second time FIU sees FGCU this season. Back on Nov. 6, FIU defeated FGCU on the road by a score of 189.5 to 110.5. 

The Eagles have competed in three dual meets this season and dropped all of them, owning a 0-3 record on the year. Besides the result against FIU, the Eagles were also defeated by the Miami Hurricanes (100-198) and Vanderbilt (143-151).   

FIU holds a four-meet win streak in dual contests against FGCU dating back to the 2018-19 season.


 

UP NEXT


The Panthers hit the road next Saturday, Jan. 29, for a dual-meet against Conference USA foe FAU. Competition is set to begin at 11 a.m. ET in Boca Raton.

SOCIAL MEDIA


Get all the latest information on the team by following on Twitter (@FIUSwimDive), Facebook @FIUSwimmingandDiving) and on Instagram (@FIUSwimDive). General athletic news can also be found at @FIUSports on Facebook and @FIUAthletics on Twitter and Instagram.


 

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