Panthers fire interim coach Peter Horachek

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“He did a good job,” Tallon said of Horachek. “He came in a worked hard and tried to turn things around in a hurry.”

Florida ranked 29th in the 30-team NHL in goals scored this season, plus were abysmal on special teams. The Panthers ranked last in the league with a 10 percent power-play success rate - the worst percentage posted by any team since 2000-01 - along with a 76 percent penalty-kill rate.

The Panthers were out of the playoff race early once again, finishing 27 points out of the eighth and last postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.

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