Rocco Grimaldi came up from the San Antonio Rampage and ended up playing in 7 games with the Panthers. He certainly showed promise in the first 6 games but we really got a glimpse of his talent and scrappiness in his 7th and last game with the Panthers this season, where he scored his first NHL goal. Keeping reading for more on Rocco Grimaldi’s first goal with the Panthers.
On November 22, 2014, the Panthers played the Nashville Predators in Tennessee. The Panthers were down 2-0 with less than one minute remaining in the third period. The team had just pulled Luongo and chances for a comeback were looking pretty bleak. However, the Panthers were not giving up just yet. Rocco Grimaldi stayed close to the net and a pass from Brian Campbell caught his stick. Grimaldi drove the puck to the net and scored his first NHL goal at 19:17 into the third period against Pekka Rinne. The goal was assisted by Brian Campbell and Aaron Ekblad.
Nick Bjugstad went on to score just 12 seconds later at 19:29 to tie the game, but the Panthers still went on to lose in the shootout (not exactly a new occurrence for the team). Still, this was a strong game for the Panthers and if that goal was any indication of how Grimaldi will perform in the future, the rest of the NHL better watch out for the 5’6’’ forward.
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