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After a bit of back and forth, the game begun with a boarding penalty on Josh Jooris and the Panthers went on the power play. There was a lot of crowding in front of Ramo’s net, but the Panthers were unable to capitalize on their first power play of the game. Then, Derek MacKenzie proceeded to beat the you-know-what out of Jooris as payback and both parties got 5 minute fighting majors. The Panthers further extended their power play after Kris Russell was penalized for interference. This is one power play that the Panthers were able to score on and the player to do this was, unsurprisingly, Vincent Trocheck. The goal was assisted by Jussi Jokinen and Brian Campbell. However, after a freak collision between Aaron Ekblad and Nick Bjugstad, the score was tied up by David Jones. The goals by both teams were scored due to the mistakes of the opponent rather than the skill of the actual team. The game was fairly even for the next few minutes until Reilly Smith, another frequent goal scorer, was able to move the puck past Ramo. The goal was assisted by Jussi Jokinen and Alex Petrovic. At the end of the period, the Panthers led the Flames 2-1. The Panthers had 10 shots on goal, while the Flames had 7. The Panthers played decently this period, but most of their action thus far has been due to luck and bad Flames gameplay. In order to prepare for the rest of the game, the Panthers need to focus more on defense.
The second period started off with some more Panthers goal action. This time, it was Aaron Ekblad off of a beautiful pass from Jaromir Jagr. Jonathan Huberdeau got the secondary assist. However, David Jones found a way to slip the puck past Luongo to cut the Panthers’ lead to 1. Both teams got some good shots in over the following ten minutes, but neither team was able to capitalize. Huberdeau waited intently by the goal in hopes of scoring his first of the year, but to no avail. With 2:34 in the period, Jonathan Huberdeau fell victim to his drive to win and was sent to the sin bin for tripping. With this penalty, Sean Monahan scored and both teams went back to square one. At the end of the period, the score was locked at 3 and while the Panthers had 21 shots on goal, the Flames had 20. This is what happens when the Panthers don’t tighten their defense.
The final period began with an unsuccessful breakaway attempt by bad luck Huby. Huberdeau was not the only player getting unlucky, though. The Panthers had a number of shots in the first ten minutes of the game that probably should’ve gone in. Bad luck Huby striked again after thinking that he scored a goal that was then accredited to Jaromir Jagr and assisted by Nick Bjugstad. Well, at least the Panthers were in the lead now. The Panthers almost got another one but it hit the inside of the post, allowing the Flames to skate the puck back down the ice and requiring Luongo to make a pretty incredible save to prevent a really unfortunate situation from occurring. With 1:40 left, Kari Ramo left the net and the extra attacker came on for the Flames. This didn’t make a difference though, as the Panthers were able to take away the win 4-3! The Panthers didn’t play a spectacular game tonight but they did stay out of the penalty box and that made all the difference.
Jussi Jokinen assisted both the Trocheck and the Smith goals. Vincent Trocheck and Reilly Smith were equally impressive tonight and further escalated the battle for top Panthers goal scorer. Jaromir Jagr also must be recognized for his work tonight because he scored one goal and allowed another to happen.
Your Florida Panthers will be taking on the Buffalo Sabres in Florida this Thursday, November 12th, at 7:30 PM ET. Stay tuned for a COTP preview and recap of that game.