Panthers Fall to Blackhawks in Rowe's Debut

The Tom Rowe era got off to a rough start with a 2-1 Florida loss on Tuesday

In his first game as interim head coach, Tom Rowe's Florida Panthers fell 2-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

The loss came in a shootout which means Florida picked up a point. The Panthers now have 24 points on the season to go with their 11-10-2 record. Florida has been strong in overtime and shootouts this season, but was unable to prevail this time around.

After Gerard Gallant's shocking dismissal on Sunday, general manager Tom Rowe named himself interim head coach. Rowe is not expected to be the long-term solution behind the bench for Florida, but should hold the spot for the forseeable future.

Trailing by one at the start of the third period, Florida tied the lead in a hurry. During a power play at the 35-second mark, Jaromir Jagr found the back of the net for the fourth time this season. Assisting on the game-tying goal were Aaron Ekblad and Jonathan Marchessault.

Roberto Luongo did a fine job for Florida in the net with his 32 saves on 33 attempts. After a first period goal, Luongo settled in and allowed nothing to pass him until the shootout.

The road trip will roll on when Florida visits the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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