Keith Yandle

Panthers special teams excel in win over Washington on Saturday

Panthers special teams excel in win over Washington on Saturday

The Florida Panthers numbers on the power play and the penalty kill are not impressive through the season’s first seven games. Their power play ranks a middling 15th in the NHL, and their penalty kill is tied for the second-worst in the league.

The special teams units, though, came through for the Panthers during Saturday night’s 4-1 win over Washington that snapped a three-game losing streak. The power play scored twice in a game for the first time this season, while the penalty kill was perfect for the first time this season.

“We won the special teams battle,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. “There’s no secret. Our kill was good tonight. Our power play got us some timely...

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