Catch the Miami Sports Minute for the latest stories on your favorite Miami Sports teams. Today we cover the first major move for the Derek Jeter regime and recap the Panthers exciting win against the Winnipeg Jets.
Marlins trade Dee Gordon to Mariners
The Miami Marlins made their first significant move since Derek Jeter took over as they traded Dee Gordon to the Seattle Mariners. Ken Rosenthal first reported the trade.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 7, 2017
There is still no word on who the Marlins will receive in return for Gordon. It has also been reported that Gordon will move from second base, where he won a Gold Glove, to centerfield. The future of Marlins’ slugger and National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton is still up in the air as trade talks seem to be at a standstill.
Miami has trade offers in hand from the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. Stanton would have to waive his no-trade clause for any deal with either team to happen.
Panthers win exciting game against Winnipeg 6-4
The Florida Panthers were in action on home ice Thursday as they took on the Winnipeg Jets. Florida wasted little time to get on the scoreboard and jumped out to a two goal lead less than four minutes in. Mark Pysyk opened the scoring with his third goal of the year. Less than a minute later Aaron Ekblad tallied his fifth goal this season for a 2-0 lead with a great effort to put back his own rebound.
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) December 8, 2017
Winnipeg got on the board with a Patrik Laine goal, his 15th of the season which is tied for fifth best in the NHL. The score was quickly tied up by Adam Lowry who followed Laine’s tally with his fourth goal of the year. Florida out shot Winnipeg 14 to nine in the opening period and opened the game with great speed and energy.
In the second period Florida picked up back to back penalties which gave Winnipeg a five on three advantage. The Jets would capitalize on the power play on a Blake Wheeler goal to take a 3-2 lead. Florida lost their top two centers Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck in the period to injury, although Trocheck did return later. Denis Malgin picked up the slack with his third goal of the year to knot the game at three.
The intensity increased late in the second as the action got chippy and several scrums ensued. With only a few seconds remaining in the period Keith Yandle caught a high stick from Wheeler and Florida would carry a power play into the third. The Panthers held a 27-21 advantage in shots on goal after 40 minutes.
When the third period began Florida had nearly a full two minute power play. Vincent Trocheck quickly capitalized to give the Panthers a 4-3 lead.
The good feeling was short lived as Winnipeg tied it up just over a minute later. This was a very entertaining, back and forth contest as both teams barraged the opposing goaltender with shot after shot.
Florida would regain the lead 5-4 with a Micheal Haley goal halfway through the third. Panthers goalie James Reimer struggled at times but stood tall on a late penalty kill situation to preserve the lead. Fans at the BB&T Center got their money’s worth as this was one of the most competitive and entertaining games so far this season.
There was scuffles after almost every whistle towards the end of the game and Florida showed great toughness throughout. Seven penalties were called in the final period. The Panthers took the physical play to the Jets, out hitting them 30-24.
Despite being outshot 39-36 and losing the face off battle by almost a two to one margin, the Panthers were able to hold on for an exciting 6-4 win. Trocheck iced the game with an empty net tally, Florida now has earned at least a point in five of their last six games.
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