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Sports Quenneville coaches Panthers to 4-3 win over Blackhawks

13:10  22 january  2020
13:10  22 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Panthers down another goalie, injured Driedger to miss weeks

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CHICAGO -- The Florida Panthers got Joel Quenneville a win in his return to Chicago, using a hat trick by Frank Vatrano to beat the Blackhawks 4 - 3 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory. The 61-year-old Quenneville coached Chicago to three Stanley Cup championships and nine playoff

Quenneville coaches Panthers to 4 - 3 win over Blackhawks . Frank Vatrano had three goals, Mike Hoffman had two assists and Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves as the Florida Panthers outlasted the Blackhawks , 4 - 3 , in Quenneville 's return to Chicago, the city where he won three Stanley Cup titles.

Joel Quenneville wearing a suit and tie© Provided by The Canadian Press

CHICAGO — Joel Quenneville barking out instructions from behind the bench. A young team with a couple budding stars showing signs of improvement.

It was a familiar scene, with quite a twist.

The Florida Panthers got Quenneville a win in his return to Chicago, using a hat trick by Frank Vatrano to beat the Blackhawks 4-3 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

“Made it a little interesting at the end of the game, but that was certainly a memorable event that I'm thankful for," Quenneville said.

The 61-year-old Quenneville coached Chicago to three Stanley Cup championships and nine playoff appearances in 10-plus years before he was fired when the team got off to a lacklustre start last season. He was hired by Florida in April, and the former NHL defenceman was showered with love in his first game back at the United Center.

Keefe after loss to Blackhawks: Leafs are being 'an immature team'

  Keefe after loss to Blackhawks: Leafs are being 'an immature team' Sheldon Keefe doesn't like what he's been seeing lately from his Toronto Maple Leafs. Following the Leafs' 6-2 home loss against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, which came less than a week after an ugly 8-4 defeat versus the Florida Panthers, Keefe called out his team for being "immature." "I think when you go through these types of things, such as Florida, such as this, it's just a sign of where you are, that you're not where you want toFollowing the Leafs' 6-2 home loss against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, which came less than a week after an ugly 8-4 defeat versus the Florida Panthers, Keefe called out his team for being "immature.

GALLERY: Blackhawks vs. Panthers . PLAYER OF THE GAME: Kirby Dach snapped a 13-game goalless Chicago pulled within two once again early in the third as Caggiula tipped home an Erik Gustafsson one-timer from the point on the power play at the 4 :00 mark to cut the Florida lead to 4 -2.

Virtanen, Miller lead Canucks to 4 -1 win over Penguins. It's a bold move for the Panthers , who paid big to get Quenneville -- he was owed million for the 2019-20 season by the Blackhawks and it's believed this deal keeps him in that salary range.

The crowd of 21,559 roared and bellowed “Q!” during a sustained standing ovation after the Blackhawks aired a tribute video during the first period. One fan held up a sign that read “ThanQ.”

“I think that ovation was incredible," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. “I think all of us that played for him were all smiles."

Quenneville grinned while he watched the video on the scoreboard, and then waved and mouthed “Thank you” while the crowd cheered.

“It was special. It was kind of like saying thank you to me, and I was thanking them," Quenneville said, “and it was all good. It felt great."

Evgenii Dadonov also scored for Florida for the fourth consecutive game. Mike Hoffman had two assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves.

The Panthers (28-16-5) won for the seventh time in eight games overall, including a dramatic 5-4 victory at Minnesota on Monday night. They head into the All-Star break in prime position for their first playoff appearance since 2016.

Kane gets 1,000th point, Blackhawks beat Jets 5-2

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Drake Caggiula and Patrick Kane scored in the 3rd to make it a one goal game, but the Blackhawks were edged by the Panthers , on home ice, 4 - 3 . Jan 21, 2020 • 00:31. FLA@CHI: Blackhawks pay tribute to Joel Quenneville .

Drake Caggiula and Patrick Kane scored in the 3rd to make it a one goal game, but the Blackhawks were edged by the Panthers , on home ice, 4 - 3 . FLA@CHI: Blackhawks pay tribute to Joel Quenneville .

It was reminiscent of the young team Quenneville inherited when he took over the Blackhawks four games into the 2008-09 season.

“We still got tons of work to do, but there's some upside here," Quenneville said.

Patrick Kane, Kirby Dach and Drake Caggiula scored for Chicago (24-21-6), which had won a season-high five straight. Robin Lehner made 22 stops.

“I let in a couple of goals that kinda hurt us a bit," Lehner said. “That’s tough, but it’s part of hockey. I’ve just got to regroup and go on another run.”

The Blackhawks honoured Kane before the game after he recorded his 1,000th career point during Sunday's 5-2 victory against Winnipeg. The All-Star forward was presented with an engraved gold puck and crystal commemorating the achievement.

Quenneville also had a smile on his face while he watched the ceremony paying tribute to one of the players who rose to stardom while he was in Chicago.

Quenneville returns to Chicago with Florida Panthers

  Quenneville returns to Chicago with Florida Panthers CHICAGO — In some Chicago circles, certainly every one that includes a hockey rink, it's just “Q.” Only one letter is necessary for a man so revered there is a Twitter account for his moustache with more than 40,000 followers. Q returns Tuesday night. Joel Quenneville leads the Florida Panthers into Chicago to take on the streaking Blackhawks for the first time since his wildly successful run in the Windy City ended some 14 months ago. TheQ returns Tuesday night.

The Blackhawks play a video tribute to honor former coach Joel Quenneville as he returns to Chicago as the Panthers head "Yeah, it's obviously incredible," said Panthers forward Frank Vatrano, who had a had trick in the Panthers 4 - 3 win . Fans even serenaded him by chanting "Q!" over and over .

The Blackhawks play a video tribute to honor former coach Joel Quenneville as he returns to Chicago as the Panthers head coach .

Kane extended his point streak to 11 games when he drove a big slap shot by Bobrovsky with 1:15 left, trimming Florida's lead to 4-3. But Toews was whistled for hooking with 31.7 seconds remaining, helping the Panthers hold on.

“That push we had in the third, we can get more out of it," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. “We kind of ran out of gas."

After a scoreless first period, Florida grabbed control with four in the second.

Dadonov stuffed home a backhand from in front before Vatrano beat Lehner from the right circle for a 2-0 lead at 6:14. Moments after the Panthers killed off a penalty, Vatrano slid a shot between Lehner's legs for a 3-0 lead midway through the period.

Dach got one back for Chicago with a slick backhand on his 19th birthday, but Florida opened a 4-1 lead when Hoffman's centring pass banked in off Vatrano's left skate. Vatrano's 14th goal completed his second career hat trick.

“It’s always nice to be rewarded like that," Vatrano said. “To score one goal in this league is hard enough and obviously a hat trick is a great honour."

NOTES: Kane reached 25 goals for the seventh consecutive season. ... Vatrano has five goals and four assists in his last five games. ... Florida's six-game win streak is tied for the third-longest in franchise history. ... Hoffman extended his point streak to 10 games.

UP NEXT

Panthers: At Montreal on Feb. 1.

Blackhawks: At Arizona on Feb. 1.

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Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

Most dangerous lead in hockey? This season, it's all of them .
Joel Quenneville remembers years past when NHL teams leading going into the third period could feel comfortable chalking up two points. A win was a pretty sure bet. Earlier this season, his Florida Panthers erased a four-goal deficit to win a game. And then they did it again. Even the three-time Stanley Cup-winning coach didn’t see that coming. “We didn't envision coming back either game,” Quenneville said. It’s becoming easier than ever to envision. There have already been five four-goal comeback wins this season, the most in NHL history. And the 18 three-goal comebacks are the most through the same number of games in 30 years.No lead is safe.

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