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Joel Quenneville resigns as head coach of Florida Panthers following meeting with Gary Bettman

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And just like that, Joel Quenneville’s tenure with the Florida Panthers has come to an end.

The Panthers head coach made the decision to walk away from the team after meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman regarding his role in the 2010 sexual assault coverup involving former Chicago Blackhawks prospect Kyle Beach.

“I want to express my sorrow for the pain this young man, Kyle Beach, has suffered. My former team, the Blackhawks, failed Kyle and I own my share of that,” said Quenneville in a statement.

“I want to reflect on how all of this happened and take the time to educate myself on ensuring hockey spaces are safe for everyone.”

Quenneville, 63, had three years and $15 million remaining on his contract with the Panthers.

In the meantime, Andrew Brunette has been announced as Quenneville’s replacement behind the bench on an interim basis.

Despite the horrible circumstances, the Florida Panthers are red hot to open the 2021/22 campaign. They recently became just the 14th franchise in NHL history to start a regular season with a 7-0-0 record. They will look to continue the streak when they face the Detroit Red Wings on the road tonight at 7pm/ET.

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WATCH: Lightning score in final seconds of regulation to take 2-0 series lead

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are unstoppable.

Fresh off a come-from-behind series win in round 1, the Lightning have picked up right where they left off in the second round against the Florida Panthers.

They cruised to a 4-1 win in Game 1, and appeared to be headed to overtime as the clock was running down in Game 2, but Lightning forward Ross Colton had other plans!

After corralling a beautiful no-look pass from behind-the-net by Nikita Kucherov, Colton fired it past Sergei Bobrovsky with 3.8 seconds remaining in the third period to secure the win.

The Lightning will head back home to Amalie Arena with a 2-0 series lead.

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Predators sticking with John Hynes as head coach after successful season

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The Nashville Predators are rewarding their head coach with a brand new contract!

The team announced that they are keeping John Hynes as their bench boss, and have inked to a two-year extension.

“I think our coaches have done a fantastic job,” said general manager David Poile.

“John is a young coach who has a lot more experience than probably we give him credit for. He has not been dealt with a perfect hand. I’m responsible for that. John deserves this. We’re growing together. I am totally comfortable with John and our coaching staff to lead us to bigger and better things moving forward.”

Since replacing Peter Laviolette behind the bench on January 7, 2020. the 47-year-old has led the team to a combined 92-64-10 record and three consecutive postseason appearances over three seasons.

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Flames and Oilers combine for most goals in a playoff game since 1993

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The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers turned back the clock last night!

In case you missed it, defence and goaltending was not a priority in Game 1 of Calgary and Edmonton’s second round playoff series.

In the first time these two Alberta based teams have faced each other in the postseason since 1991, the Flames came out on top with a wild 9-6 win over the Oilers to take a 1-0 series lead.

The 15 combined goals between the two teams made it the highest scoring playoff game since the Los Angeles Kings eliminated the Flames in the NHL Smythe Division Semi-Finals by a final score of 9-6 back on April 29, 1993. It’s also tied for the third most goals scored in a playoff game in league history.

“We were told it was a boring series last time, so I told the players yesterday we’ve got to score seven-to-10 goals today because they’d probably score five-to-eight to win, so that’s what we did” said Flames head coach Darryl Sutter with a slight grin on his face following the game.

Game 2 of the series takes place tomorrow night at 1030pm/ET.

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