Florida Panthers shutout the San Jose Sharks 2-0

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Nick Bjugstad
SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Nick Bjugstad /

The Florida Panthers were coming off a big win against Dallas, looking to extend their win streak by two. Would they achieve this against San Jose?

The Panthers started the game off quite slow and were pinned in their own zone for quite some time. Lots of shots were peppered at Luongo early on, but nothing was too much for Bobby Lu. The Cats began to settle down and find their feet as the period moved along. Both teams exchanged some chances in the first, but nothing would break the deadlock.

Both sides headed into the locker room tied at zero after one. The first period ended pretty evenly despite the Panthers getting off to a slow start. Fortunately enough, as the game went on, the Cats were playing a better brand of hockey. Question was, could they replicate this play into the second?

Answer to that would be yes! A minute into the second and

Colton Sceviou

r opened up the scoring. Colton Sceviour, who was working down below behind the net, quickly drove the side of the net with a wrap around attempt and pushed home the game’s opening goal:

As the Panthers continued to press hard in the Sharks zone, they ran into some problems when Tim Heed evened out the game at one.

Bob Boughner and staff were right on the ball as they noticed that the play was offside. As the puck squirted out to Heed, it appeared that the puck went outside the blue line, putting the entire play offside. With the refs going upstairs and reviewing the play, they saw exactly what Boughner saw and overturned the call. The Cats lead remained 1-0.

Florida continued their dominant play throughout the remainder of the second, but couldn’t find a second goal to go with their first. The Cats would have to settle with their one goal lead heading into the locker room after two.

Like the second, the Panthers escaped yet another close call with a San Jose goal. After Melker Karlsson threw a shot to the net, plenty of San Jose bodies swarmed Luongo’s crease like a swarm of bees poking loose at the puck. The puck went in as a bunch of Sharks players interfered with Luongo during the play.

It looked like Boughner would challenge the play once again as he saw goaltender interference. Rightfully so, the coaching staff got the challenged right and preserved the Panthers one goal lead. This was the second incident of the game where the Sharks had a goal overturned.

Nick Bjugstad would put the game to bed as he extended the Panthers lead to two. Off a nice turnaround pass from McGinn, Bjugstad snapped home the game’s second goal:

The Florida Panthers would go on to win this game 2-0 and would extend their win streak by two.

Overall, tonight was a solid effort by the boys in general. Between Luongo’s stellar play in between the pipes and the better defensive awareness that was shown, it’s starting to look like the team is finally coming together. Your Panthers are back in action on Saturday, November 18th @4:00pm against the Los Angeles Kings