Quinton Howden played an integral role in the Cats comeback today against the Bruins rookies. Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers Rookies Complete Comeback, Beat Bruins 5-4

The Florida Panthers rookies showed some resiliency today coming back from an early 4-0 deficit to defeat the Boston Bruins rookies 5-4. All the way up here in Boston, I do not have much to go on in terms of information but based on the Florida Panthers official twitter, it sounds like it was quite the game.

Unlike yesterday’s game against the Predators, where the Panthers faded as the game progressed, today Florida came out of the gates sluggish but finished with a flourish. The largest deficit of the day came during the first period when the Cats found themselves in a 4-0 hold. Here is the Panthers twitter account on the game:

At this point, it appeared that the Panthers would call it a day and take the loss which would have given them an 0-2 record for the tournament. With the game quickly getting out of reach, it was Florida’s highly touted prospects that stepped up and saved the day.

Nick Bjugstad had a coming out party of sorts, tallying three goals as the main catalyst for the Panthers resurgence. Defenseman Jonathan Racine also got on the board while forward Quinton Howden put the Panthers up 5-4 with six minutes left in the game putting a cap on the team’s comeback.

In the long run, these rookie tournament games are worth very little but it is a very good sign that the big names in camp are stepping up. If players like Nick Bjugstad and Quinton Howden are to have a good shot at making the Panthers they should be head and shoulders above the competition at this rookie camp. Bjugstad’s hat trick is proof that he is one of the best players on the ice at this tournament and it should serve as notice to the Panthers veterans that he is here to compete.


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