Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bruins Break Panthers

     The Florida Panthers played their final road game of the regular season as they were beat by the Boston Bruins 3-2 at TD Garden on Tuesday night. The Panthers, who finished a five-game road trip, moved to 6-4-1 in their last 11 games and now trail the Bruins by six points for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with five games to go.
     It was late in the first period when Boston(39-25-13) scored on a giveaway during a 4-on-4 situation at 16:57. Aleksander Barkov turned the puck over on a back pass in his own right circle. Loui Eriksson controlled it behind the defense, skated in on goal and lifted a backhand shot over Roberto Luongo from the right of the crease for his 20th goal of the campaign.
     In the second period, Florida(35-27-15) struck quickly on their second power play of the game 55 seconds into the frame. Brian Campbell was at the top of the zone and he fed Brandon Pirri for a one-time slapshot from the top right circle that went by the left glove of Tuukka Rask to tie the game 1-1. Pirri, who put in his 21st goal of the season, scored for the eighth time in ten games and 18th time in the last 25 games.
     The Panthers took the lead for the first time at 12:37 of the second. Ryan Spooner drew the puck back on a faceoff in the right circle where Matt Bartkowski fanned on a shot. It led to a 2-on-1 breakaway for the Cats and Brad Boyes finished it with a snap shot from the right circle through the legs of Rask.
     The B's evened it up at 2-2 with 10:13 left in the third period. Milan Lucic backhanded a pass from the left wing behind to Spooner who put it on goal. David Pastrnak deflected it in from the left edge of the crease.
     The game was decided with 1:09 remaining in the third as the Bruins scored the go-ahead goal. Lucic picked up the puck from Pastrnak at center ice, skated into the Panthers zone and fired a wrist shot from the high slot for his 18th goal this season.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Larry Smith Goes To Washington

     Former South Florida sportscaster Larry Smith will join WJLA-TV in Washington D.C. as a morning news anchor in April. He leaves his position as a sports director and sports anchor at WGCL-TV in Atlanta which he started in July 2013. He had a short stint for several months in Cincinnati with WCPO-TV in early 2013.
     Smith first got noticed locally when he was a sports anchor at WPTV-TV Channel 5 in West Palm Beach from March 1992 until November 1993. He got on the national stage as a sports anchor at CNN from December 1993 to May 2009. Smith was a co-anchor on CNN Sports Tonight from 1993 until it was eliminated in September 2001. He remained as a sports anchor on CNN and CNN Headline News for the next eight years. Smith got a promotion as a studio host for Turner Sports from 2009 to 2012.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Habs Beat Panthers In Overtime

     It was the fourth game of a five-game road trip for the Florida Panthers as they lost to the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in overtime at Bell Centre on Saturday night. The Panthers, who made a rare television appearance on Hockey Night In Canada, are now four points behind the Boston Bruins for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
     Montreal(47-21-8) got ahead 1-0 one second after their first power play expired with 2:23 left in the first period. Jeff Petry fired a slapshot from the left point which was blocked by Aleksander Barkov. It skipped to Lars Eller and he scored on a shot from the low right circle.
     In the second period, Florida(34-26-15) got two tallies from the same front line. Jaromir Jagr carried the puck into the Canadiens zone and stopped at the right point. A lead pass to Jonathan Huberdeau in the right circle was fed to Barkov where he carried it through the slot area and roofed a backhand shot by Carey Price at 6:09.
     The Panthers took the lead 2-1 on the power play at 13:11. Huberdeau sent a pass from the right wing to Barkov in the slot and he redirected it for a score and his 14th goal this season.
     The Habs responded and evened the contest 2-2 on the power play with 5:25 remaining in the second. Andrei Markov had the puck at the top of the zone and passed to Tomas Plekanec at the top right circle. He connected with Alex Galchenyuk who was alone to the right of the crease and he ripped a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Roberto Luongo for his 20th goal of the season.
     Overtime belonged to the Canadiens as they scored on a power-play goal at 2:59 for the victory. P.K. Subban passed the puck from the right point to David Desharnais below the right circle. His cross-ice pass was one-timed in by Max Pacioretty from the top of the crease for his 36th goal.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Panthers Mow Down Maple Leafs

     The Florida Panthers played the second game of a five-game road trip and finished with a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night at Air Canada Centre. The Cats got the best scenario possible on the night as they closed the gap to three points behind the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
     In the second period, Florida(34-26-14) compiled three goals to take a big lead. Aleksander Barkov made a drop pass and Jonathan Huberdeau converted a wrist shot from the top left circle into the top shelf of the net over the left glove of Jonathan Bernier at 4:23.
     The Panthers increased their lead to 2-0 just thirty seconds later. Jaromir Jagr took the puck off the back glass, backhanded it to the right wing and Steven Kampfer blasted in a slapshot.
     The Maple Leafs trailed 3-0 with 5:26 remaining in the period. Vincent Trocheck carried the puck into the offensive zone, passed left to Brandon Pirri and he scored on a snap shot from the top left circle.
     Toronto(27-42-6) ended up on the scoreboard at 9:13 of the third period as Sam Carrick scored his first NHL goal on a one-timer from the low slot which was fed by Morgan Rielly. Pirri capped the contest for the Panthers as he put in an empty-net goal from the left point with 1:36 left for his 20th goal of the season and his seventh goal in the last seven games.

Former WQAM Talents Host Padres Pregame Show

     Three former personalities on Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM will host pregame shows of the San Diego Padres on XEPRS-AM in San Diego this season. It will consist of Jesse Agler, Dan Sileo and Scott Kaplan.
     Agler will be the primary studio host thirty minutes prior to all Padres games and work as a secondary radio play-by-play announcer for the team. The two others will do a 30-minute pregame show prior to the Padres Radio Network broadcasts with Sileo assigned weekday duties and Kaplan slated in for weekend duties.
     It will be the second season for Agler at his post with the San Diego Padres. He was the afternoon host of The Finsiders program on 940 WINZ-AM The Sports Animal until January 2014. Agler was the pregame host for the Florida Panthers Radio Network and Florida Marlins Radio Network on WQAM during the mid 2000s.
     Kaplan once was a sports anchor on WQAM during the late 1990s and a morning co-host on WNEW-FM in New York City before arriving in San Diego. Sileo had short stints as a sports host at WQAM and 640 Sports WMEN-AM prior to moving to California.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Panthers Fall To Lightning

     The Florida Panthers began their final road trip of the regular season and were defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 at Amalie Arena on Tuesday night. It was the first of five consecutive road games for the Panthers who remained five points behind the Ottawa Senators for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
     The first period belonged to Tampa Bay(46-21-7) as they jumped out to a two-goal margin. Brandon Morrow scored at 5:49 then Tyler Johnson added his 26th goal this year at 7:47.
     Florida(33-26-14) compiled a three-goal rally during the second period and had a 3-2 lead at the end of the stanza. They got two goals in an 18-second span by Jussi Jokinen at 6:16 and Brandon Pirri at 6:34. The wrist shot by Pirri from the right point was his fifth goal in the last six games and his 15th in the last 21 games. Jonathan Huberdeau added his 18th goal of the season at 8:14.
     The Bolts fired back with two goals in the final period for the victory. Nikita Kucherov tied it 3-3 with his 27th goal at 1:30. Ryan Callahan scored the game-winning goal with 2:28 left in the third with a snap shot from the low left circle.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Jorge Sedano Goes Solo On ESPN Radio

     The 18-month partnership of the ESPN Radio evening show with Jorge Sedano and Mark Schlereth ended on March 20. Sedano will now host the evening program by himself as of Monday. They began co-hosting the show Sedano And Stink back in September 2013 after Sedano left his afternoon host and program director positions at Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM.
     Sedano, who is a Florida International University grad, has hosted a sports show at several different radio stations in South Florida. He first co-hosted a program for several months on 1700 The Fan WAFN-AM until December 2000. Sedano would then host by himself when WRFX-AM flipped to a sports format in 2002 and held that spot until July 2004 when Clear Channel changed the format back to news/talk. He added duties as a morning sports anchor on News Radio 610 WIOD-AM, studio host for the Miami Heat Radio Network and an overnight host on Fox Sports Radio until he left in July 2007.
     He joined 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM just one month later in August 2007 as a midday host. Sedano would be elevated to morning host at that station in April 2009 and stayed there until early April 2012. He moved to WQAM in a dual position as an afternoon host and program director in August 2012 and had a one-year tenure.