Connolly tallied 19 goals and 33 points in 69 games prior to the league suspension of play in mid-March. The 2010 sixth overall pick joined his fourth NHL team this season after spending time with Tampa Bay, Boston and Washington. Connolly has received a career-high 14:30 of ice time with the Panthers, which he's parlayed into what would be (should regular-season play resume) a near-guaranteed return to the 20-goal plateau for the second straight year after failing to get there in his first seven professional campaigns. His six power-play points are a personal best, too, and have come in a modest 1:18 of average man-advantage time. All told, the ship has probably sailed on Connolly ever delivering on his lofty draft position, but at the age of 28, he should still be in his prime and good for a point every other game or so.
Connolly scored a goal on two shots in a 2-1 win over St. Louis on Monday. Connolly picked an opportune time to snap his 12-game goal drought, beating Jordan Binnington from below the left faceoff circle just over four minutes into the third period to put the Panthers ahead to stay. It was Connolly's 19 goal of the season, leaving him on the doorstep of a second straight 20-goal campaign.
Connolly was held off the scoresheet with only one shot and a minus-2 rating in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Blackhawks. After scoring 14 goals in his first 29 games with a shooting percentage of 26.4 percent, Connolly has come back down to earth. He has only two goals and eight points in his last 20 games, shooting at a much lower 6.5 percent. He has converted on 14.3 percent of shots in his career, so neither stretch is truly indicative of his usual play, and he will likely find his scoring touch again after the All-Star break.
Connolly registered two assists, three shots on goal, two hits and two PIM in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Maple Leafs. Connolly now has four points over his last four games. The 27-year-old winger has 29 points (16 goals, 13 helpers) in 45 appearances this season. As Sunday showed, the Panthers can have an explosive offense, and Connolly is typically a good source of depth scoring when the team runs hot.
Connolly scored a goal on three shots and added a pair of hits in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Penguins. Connolly beat Pittsburgh goalie Tristan Jarry on the doorstep midway through the first period to give Florida a 2-1 lead. It was Connolly's 16th goal of the season but his first at even strength since Nov. 27. The 27-year-old has enjoyed a strong first season in Florida and is on pace to eclipse the career-high 22 goals he scored last season for Washington.
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