*Goal came during 3-on-3 OT after Panthers had already won in regulation
The Florida Panthers faced the Dallas Stars in their third game of the preseason and came out on top with a 3-2 win. Read below for more information about this Panthers victory.
Tonight's @FlaPanthers forward lines Huberdeau-Barkov-Jagr Crouse-Bjugstad-Harper Howden-McKegg-Grimaldi Booth-Knight-Shaw—
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Tonight's @FlaPanthers defensive pairs from warm ups: Campbell-Weegar Mitchell-Gudbranson Matheson-Petrovic—
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The first half of the period was fairly quiet. Rocco Grimaldi had a decent shot on goal but it was gloved and saved by Stars goalie Jack Campbell. For Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Jaromir Jagr, it is like last season never ended. That line was looking as strong and cohesive as always. The Panthers got their first power play of the game when Antoine Roussel was sent to the penalty box for slashing midway through the period. Matheson shot a couple of daggers and hoped for a goal but there was no such luck for the Panthers on their man advantage. However, Jonathan Huberdeau scored a beauty of a goal off of a turnover not too long after. The goal was unassisted. At this point, the Panthers were dominating the Stars and were clearly controlling the puck. This domination continued to the end of the period and the Panthers ended with 1 goal on 14 shots on goal, while Dallas remained scoreless with just 5 shots on goal.
The Panthers started of the second period strong with a quick goal from Jonathan Huberdeau. This was his second of the game and it was assisted by none other than Jaromir Jagr and Aleksander Barkov. Rocco Grimaldi continued to be a beast and by just a few minutes into the period, he had accounted for 4 of the Panthers’ 17 shots on goal. The Panthers went on the man advantage for their second power play of the game after Mattias Janmark received a penalty for hooking, but the power play didn’t last long because 28 seconds after it began, Bjugstad was sent to the penalty box for hooking. A little back-and-forth action stemmed from this. Almost immediately after leaving the penalty box, the Stars’ Janmark went right back in after a holding call on Huberdeau. Then, when Bjugstad left the box, he got sent back in after an elbowing call. When Bjugstad left the penalty box for the second time, he was tripped on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot. However, Jack Campbell stopped the puck and Bjugstad did not score on that chance.
John Klingberg was sent to the penalty box for the Stars for hooking. Then, four minutes later, Bjugstad headed to the penalty box yet again on a hooking call and he was definitely not happy. Logan Shaw almost had a breakaway during the penalty kill but was stopped. Tyler Seguin also had a good shot at this point but it thankfully hit the post. Ultimately, the penalty was killed. Nick Bjugstad continued to be angry and took this anger out on Antoine Roussel by throwing a couple of punches at him but Alex Petrovic stepped in to help out for the Cats. Roussel and Petrovic both got roughing minors as a result of this event and these penalties would carry over into the third period. At the end of the period, the Panthers had 14 more shots on goal for a total of 28 and the Stars had 10 more for a total of 15. The Panthers were up 2-0 at the end of this penalty-filled period.
As expected, Mike McKenna replaced Luongo in goal for the third period. Luongo stopped all 15 shots he faced in goal over the two periods he played. Early in the third, the Panthers headed onto the penalty kill because Shane Harper was sent off for slashing. Quinton Howden had a good shot at a shorthanded goal but fell short (no pun intended). Mike Matheson continued to play strong along the boards after a huge hit on Honka. At 9:23 into the period, Curtis McKenzie was sent to the penalty box for holding Rocco Grimaldi and the Panthers went on the power play. It didn’t take long for the Panthers to generate some offense and Nick Bjugstad quickly slapped the puck high into the net for one of his famous “how the hell did he do that?” goals. The goal was assisted by Brian Campbell, as well as Jaromir Jagr, who had assisted Huberdeau’s second goal.
However, just 49 seconds later, Tyler Seguin blasted a slap shot past McKenna and put the Stars on the board. This goal was assisted by John Klingberg. Toward the end of the period, the Stars began to find more chances to score and at 18:44 into the period, McKenna let a wrist shot by Jason Demers slide in. The goal was assisted by Jason Dickinson. Jack Campbell headed to the bench to make way for an extra attacker for the Stars. With 19 seconds left in regulation time, Jaromir Jagr was sent to the penalty box for hooking but it did not matter because the Panthers held out for the rest of the period and won 3-2. The Panthers got 7 shots on goal that period for a total of 35 and the Stars got 9 shots on goal for a total of 24.
Regardless of the score, the Panthers would go into overtime because the NHL wants to test out the 3 on 3 overtime system as much as possible before the real start of the season. This went by fairly quickly as Barkov lost his stick and headed to the bench, which allowed the Stars to score in overtime. Still, the Panthers won the game 3-2, as the overtime did not count.
David Booth was really fighting for a spot on the team tonight. He played with speed and intensity and was greeted with “Booooooth” chants from the fans. Mackenzie Weegar showed off his fancy footwork tonight and remains a dark horse in the race for a permanent spot on the team. Luongo played well as always, stopping all 15 shots he faced. Rocco Grimaldi and Nick Bjugstad led the team in shots on goal with 6 each. Grimaldi was strong on both ends of the ice, showing that he really wants a spot on this team and Bjugstad more than made up for his 3-penalty fiasco with his top-down goal.
Then, of course, who could forget about Jonathan Huberdeau? Huberdeau scored 2 goals in the game on just 3 shots and made the fans really happy that he signed his 2-year deal with the team. Jaromir Jagr also came out strong tonight with 2 assists and showed the fans that he really just doesn’t age and will probably still be playing hockey at the age of 96. Lawson Crouse was also a very prevalent force on the ice and he prevented several Stars scoring chances from occurring. His skating ability did not go unnoticed.
Quotes from Coach Gallant
The next preseason game will take place on Friday, September 25 against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa. Stay tuned for our preview of that game.