Derek MacKenzie was not exactly a scoring machine this season. His skill came more from blocking shots during the penalty kill and providing a leadership aspect to the team. However, he did score one pretty amazing goal this season that is known as “The Superman Goal.” Read more for a flashback to Derek Mackenzie’s Superman goal.
On March 12, 2015, the Panthers were playing the Winnipeg Jets at home. The game was scoreless late in the first period. The puck was in the Panthers’ defensive zone until Shawn Thornton pushed it out and passed it off to Dave Bolland. Dave Bolland made a beautiful backhanded pass to Derek Mackenzie, who dove to meet the puck and went on to score the goal against Mike Hutchinson. The special aspect of this goal was the fact that it was scored while Derek Mackenzie was on his stomach, creating a Superman-like pose.
The game went on and Mark Scheifele scored to even the game up midway through the second period. Brad Boyes scored a power play goal, assisted by Jonathan Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr, to give the Panthers the lead again. Drew Stafford scored early in the third to lock the game at 2 but the game would not be tied again, as the next two goals were scored by the Florida Panthers. Aleksander Barkov scored a goal, assisted by Jonathan Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr and then Nick Bjugstad finished the game off with an empty net goal assisted by Jussi Jokinen. The final score was 4-2, with the Panthers winning. Roberto Luongo stopped 18 out of 20 shots, for a save percentage of .900. Even though Derek MacKenzie was not awarded one of the three stars of the game, his goal is one that will be remembered as one of the best of the 2014-2015 season.
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