The Florida Panthers were looking to bounce back after falling hard against the Hawks. Would they end up victorious in New Jersey?
Opposite from last game, the Panthers started the game off perfectly and were buzzing around causing havoc in New Jersey territory. With Dadonov out injured, meant that Denis Malgin would fill in on the right side with Huberdeau and Barkov. The trio would go on to create loads of scoring chances in front of Schneider’s crease.
In fact, all four lines were creating chances and getting pucks to the net. Unfortunately, no matter how many shots Schneider faced, none would get by the solid net minder. The score would remain scoreless after one period of play.
The second period was more or less the same as the first, with New Jersey creating a few more scoring opportunities. Florida though, were continuing their pure domination in the Devils end, hopeful that they would be rewarded with a goal.
Fortunately enough they were, and the game’s opening goal came with three minutes remaining in the second, shorthanded from Aleksander Barkov. Barkov, who raced down the ice shorthanded with Colton Sceviour, found himself on a two on one and buried a shot far glove side:
Barkov’s shorthanded goal would later send the Panthers into the dressing room a goal up after two periods. The game was starting to look like a grind fest, with each team’s struggling to score at either ends.
The Cats lead wouldn’t last long in the third as Nico Hischier leveled the game at one. His goal would come in the opening two minutes of the third, ultimately giving his side some hope in this match. Vincent Trocheck would answer back minutes later, regaining his side’s one goal lead. After coming down the ice solely, Trocheck sniped a shot low blocker side on Schneider.
Shortly after, Jesper Bratt would level up the game (for his side) once again, receiving a little lucky bounce off Ekblad’s skate and in. Considering how well the Panthers were playing, it seemed as if luck wasn’t on their side.
Ultimately enough, it was Jared McCann who received the last laugh as he notched the game’s winning goal. Jared’s initial shot was blocked by Andy Greene’s stick, but was later recovered and put into the net on a rebound attempt:
Overall, the Florida Panthers played well and were in complete domination during parts of the game. With better execution in the offensive zone, will only lead to more goals scored. Your Panthers are back in action against the New York Rangers on Tuesday, November 28th @7pm!