Yandle scratched for Panthers in Game 3, sits for first time since 2009


Keith Yandle missed his first game in more than 12 years when the Florida Panthers visited the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup First Round on Thursday (6:30 p.m. ET; USA, FX-CA, TVAS2, BSSUN, BSFL).

The defenseman is a healthy scratch. He hadn’t missed a game since March 22, 2009, when he was with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Yandle was replaced by forward Sam Bennett, who didn’t play Game 2 on Tuesday because he was serving a one-game suspension for boarding Lightning forward Blake Coleman in Game 1. The Panthers used seven defensemen in Game 2.

Florida trails the best-of-7 series 2-0.

Yandle played 922 consecutive regular-season games, the second-longest streak in NHL history, behind Doug Jarvis (964). He had never missed a game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, playing 57.

Yandle was minus-1 with two shots on goal and six shot attempts in 13:43 of ice time in Game 2, a 3-1 Panthers loss. His turnover near the red line led to Lightning forward Yanni Gourde‘s empty-net goal at 18:35 of the third period.

He had two assists and played 16:10 in Game 1, a 5-4 Florida loss.

Yandle scored 27 points (three goals, 24 assists) in 56 games in the regular season. He has scored 36 points (six goals, 30 assists) in his NHL playoff career and 600 points (102 goals, 498 assists) in 1,032 regular-season games for the Coyotes, New York Rangers and Panthers since entering the NHL in 2006-07.

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