Panthers kill Sharks playoff clincher; Vatrano's brother stabbed.

Florida Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau (11) skates with the puck in front of San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Friday night the Panthers were on the road in San Jose to face the Sharks, in a game that would allow the Sharks a playoff spot. Something that seems like a long shot for the Panthers as they sit 5th in the Atlantic Division and 5th in the Wild Card spot with 74 points.
Jamie McGinn and Aaron Ekblad helped tie the game up after a 1-0 deficit in the first period, though that would be short-lived as the Sharks took a 2-1 lead into the 1st intermission.
Samuel Montembeault tightened it up for the rest of the game as he shut out the Sharks for the rest of the game on 20 shots.
The second best team in power play goals were 1 for 5 in Friday’s game as Mike Hoffman had the tiebreaking goal after San Jose was penalized for too many men on the ice late in the second period, and the Panthers denied the Sharks a chance to clinch a playoff berth with a 4-2 victory Thursday night.
Hoffman also set up Frank Vatrano’s insurance goal in the third to send the Panthers to their third straight win following a six-game skid. Jamie McGinn and Dryden Hunt also scored for the Panthers, and rookie Sam Montembeault made 26 saves to win his first career road start.
Florida kept up the pressure from there but Jones managed to turn away several chances with the Sharks short-handed for more than three minutes after a double-minor to Couture.
But the Panthers then capitalized on a bad line change late in the period that led to a penalty for too many men on the ice. Keith Yandle passed the puck to Hoffman, who beat Jones with a slap shot from the top of the circle for his 32nd goal of the season.
Samuel Montembeault has really flourished during the 3-game win streak allowing the team to convert offensively due to his strong defensive stand.
Frank Vatrano had an odd birthday as not only did he score a goal on his 25th but his brother, Greg, Springfield (MA) PD, survived a stabbing by an arson suspect. Thankfully the ceramic plate inside his bulletproof vest allowed the knife to miss penetrating his skin or heart.

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