Throwback Thursday: The Panthers’ 20-Round Shootout

Photo By: Robert Mayer / USA Today Sports
Photo By: Robert Mayer / USA Today Sports

Oh yes, the elusive 20-round shootout. I’m surprised we hadn’t covered this earlier. Either way, I’m sure most of you Panthers fans know exactly where you were at the moment that the Panthers reigned victorious in this extended shootout session but if you keep reading below, you will be able to see my overview of the record-breaking event.

Setting the Scene

On December 16, 2014, the Florida Panthers hosted the Washington Capitals in a game in which, unbeknownst to both teams, would go down in history as the game in which the longest shootout took place. At the end of regulation time, the score was tied at 1-1. Derek MacKenzie scored the only goal for the Panthers at 9:36 into the first period and it was assisted by Scottie Upshall, while Troy Brouwer scored the lone Capitals goal at 14:35 into the second, assisted by Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. In true Panthers fashion, the overtime period remained scoreless and a shootout was imminent.

The Shootout

This was a pretty long shootout (almost 20 minutes!) so sit back, relax, and follow along below. I have also included a link to “We are the Champions” by Queen because if you put the shootout video on mute right as round 18 starts and put that song on, it really does set the mood — trust me, you will get the chills.

Round 1

Eric Fehr – no goal

Jonathan Huberdeau – no goal

Round 2

Nicklas Backstrom – no goal

Nick Bjugstad – no goal

Round 3

Evgeny Kuznetsov – no goal

Brad Boyes – no goal

Round 4

Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography
Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography

Alex Ovechkin – goal

Jussi Jokinen – goal

Round 5

Troy Brouwer – no goal

Tomas Kopecky – no goal

Round 6

Michael Latta – no goal

Aleksander Barkov – no goal

Round 7

Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography
Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography

Brooks Laich – goal

Dave Bolland – goal

Round 8

Marcus Johansson – no goal

Tomas Fleischmann – no goal

Round 9

Nate Schmidt – no goal

Scottie Upshall – no goal

Round 10

Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography
Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography

Joel Ward – goal

Derek MacKenzie – goal

Round 11

Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography
Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography

John Carlson – goal

Sean Bergenheim – goal

Round 12

Jay Beagle – no goal

Jimmy Hayes – no goal

Round 13

Mike Green – no goal

Brian Campbell – no goal

Round 14

Jason Chimera – no goal

Erik Gudbranson – no goal

Round 15

Tom Wilson – no goal

Aaron Ekblad – no goal

Round 16

Matt Niskanen – no goal

Dmitry Kulikov – no goal

Round 17

Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography
Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography

Brooks Orpik – goal

Dylan Olsen – goal

Round 18

Karl Alzner – no goal

Willie Mitchell – no goal

Round 19

Nicklas Backstrom – no goal

Jussi Jokinen – no goal

Round 20

Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography
Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography

Alex Ovechkin – no goal

Nick Bjugstad – goal (!!!)

So, in the end, with the exception of Nick Bjugstad, it was the unsung heroes that kept the Florida Panthers in the game. You also have to give it to Luongo because without him, the game would have been over a lot sooner. The game-winning goal was scored by Nick Bjugstad after a missed opportunity by Alex Ovechkin, but the other 5 Panthers goals came from Jussi Jokinen, Dave Bolland, Derek MacKenzie, Sean Bergenheim, and Dylan Olsen. That night was admittedly very long but I’m proud to say that I was there and I know it is an event I will never forget.

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2 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: The Panthers’ 20-Round Shootout

  1. The shoot out was exciting and put everyone on edge. However, lets hope that the Panthers can convincingly lead throughout games so that shootouts are not necessary. I do enjoy the dekes though.

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