Sunday, March 12, 2017

Around the NHL: Panthers lose 2 players with concussions


    
With a record of 29-27-11 (69 points), the Florida Panthers are 7 points out of a playoff spot. After a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, some news that broke out might ruin their chances at the postseason.
       Two players left that game for the Cats. Those players where D Aaron Ekblad and C Denis Malgin. Both where diagnosed with concussions. Ekblad was hit by forward Gabrel Dumont, and Malgin was hit by D Anton Stralman. Defenseman Keith Yandle came in to fight Dumont, but Yandle got an extra 2 minutes.
        "Malgin hit by [Anton Stralman] was a good clean hit," GM/head coach Tom Rowe said. "I talked to the supervisor and thought the hit on Ekblad was dangerous. We'll leave that up to the league."
         Ekblad, 21, has 21 points (10 goals and 11 assists) in 67 games this season. He won the Calder
Memorial Trophy (best rookie) in 14-15, where he recorded 39 points in 81 games. He was drafted 1st overall in 2014.
         Malgin, 20, is in his 1st NHL season. He has 8 points (4 goals and 4 assists) in 42 games this season. They drafted him in the 4th round (102 overall) in 2015.

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