Panthers’ Fleischmann’s Game Streak Broken

Source: George Richards, Miami Herald

Panthers_Tomas_Fleischmann_2013By no means was Tomas Fleischmann the so-called “Iron Man’’ of the Panthers, but he admits it was tough watching his consecutive-games-played streak come to a close Sunday.

Fleischmann had played in all of the 148 games — including the postseason — the Panthers had since he signed with Florida on July 1, 2011, going into Sunday’s game against the Lightning.

Yet Fleischmann was so sick Sunday he says he couldn’t “hold a stick, much less shoot the puck.” The Panthers, for the first time since he joined the team, were without No. 14.

“I wasn’t close enough to be able to help the team out,’’ Fleischmann said after Thursday’s practice. “I was really achy, couldn’t compete at all. It’s tough, but those things happen. There’s nothing I could do about it. I always want to play.’’