Penalty Killers

The adage that it’s hard for a team to win if it can’t score has become something the Florida Panthers have taken seriously against their opponents this season. Lead by Marty Reasoner, Mike Weaver, and Dennis Widemen, the Panthers’ stifling defense has allowed only four goals on power plays this season. That’s second best in the NHL, behind the Boston Bruins. That’s also a huge cry from last season, when Florida finished 23rd in the league. The Panthers have made it a habit to stay out of the penalty box this season, averaging just 2.4 power plays per game. Altogether, the Cats have had 36 power-play opportunities against them, which is the fewest in the league. The success seems to come as a direct result of the Panthers’ adding Reasoner and Weaver this offseason. “Both those guys have made a living out of it,” head coach Peter DeBoer told the media. “They’ve got a lot of ideas of how they want things done, and that’s half the battle of when you have guys that want to do that job and are willing to do that grunt work and take pride in it.” The Panthers will look to kill some penalties Monday when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the BankAtlantic Center (2555 Panther Parkway, Sunrise). Puck drops at 7:30. Tickets start at $15. Visit panthers.nhl.com.
Mon., Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., 2010
 
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