Things were going fine for the Florida Panthers prospects in their game last night against the Nashville Predators, that is until the third period rolled around. Up 3-2 after two frames, the Panthers floundered in the final stanza giving up six goals and falling 8-4. The game was a back and forth affair until, with the scored tied at four goals apiece in the third, Nashville went on a run that saw them score four goals in seven minutes.
The goal scorers for the Panthers were Logan Shaw, John McFarland, Josh McFadden and Chris Clapperton. The Nashville goal scorers were: Mikka Salomaki, Josh Shalla, Filip Forsberg, Patrick Cehlin, Michael Moffat, Vinny Saponari, and Tommy Veilleux.
In net for the Panthers, Rob Madore, who is on a tryout with the team, stopped 10 of 12 shots faced in the games first half while Mack Shields who is on a tryout from the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen, stopped only 8 of 14 in the games second half.
“I thought we started off good, I thought we had some good energy and we were playing hard, and then the turnovers cost us. It’s kind of hard to come back when you are kind of put down. I thought we played up until the end and it is a good learning experience for us.”
The game was the first in a Predators uniform for defenseman Seth Jones who was taken with the fourth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. Aleksander Barkov, the Panthers first pick (2nd overall) in this year’s draft did not participate but he was on hand at the Saveology.com IcePlex to take in some of the game.
Regardless of the score, each game during this weekend’s tournament will end with a shootout. Last night the Panthers edged Nashville 2-1 in the skill competition. The Panthers shooters were Francis Beauvillier, Vincent Trocheck, Nick Bjugstad, Jared Gomes and Alexander Delnov with Trocheck and Delnov the two scorers. Filip Forsberg was the only Predator to convert.
To round out the scoresheet, the Panther assists were provided by George Hughes, Jonathan Racine, Nick Bjugstad, Jared Gomes, Corey Trivino, and Alex Petrovic.
In yesterday’s earlier game, the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning played to a 5-5 tie. The games continue today with the Predators taking on the Bolts at noon and the Panthers facing the Bruins a 4 p.m.