The Florida Panthers wrapped up their nightmarish road trip with a 6-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, finishing their four game West coast swing with a record of 1-3.
Florida pushed the action for much of the first period, outshooting the Ducks 12-8 in the first frame but still fell behind 1-0 on a Patrick Maroon power play goal. Ryan Whitney, who played in his first NHL game since November 5, took the penalty that led to the goal.
The Panthers hoped to use a flurry of action in the Ducks’ zone at the end of the period to turn the tide in their favor, but it was to no avail – as Teemu Selanne scored 15 seconds into the second period, which launched a wild and crazy middle frame.
Six goals were scored during the second, including Jimmy Hayes’ tenth of the season – as well as Tomas Fleischmann’s eighth. The goal by Fleischmann was only his second goal since the middle of January.
Along with Selanne, Jakob Silfverberg scored a shorthanded goal, as well as Kyle Palmieri and Corey Perry to give the Ducks a commanding 5-2 lead after the Panthers had pulled the game within one.
Captain Ryan Getzlaf would score his 30th of the season, a beautiful give-and-go with Selanne put the finishing touches on the Panthers.
With the nightmarish road trip over, the Panthers will head home for a quick three game home stand, which begins with a game against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
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