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Panthers Drop Second Game To Nashville

Thursday, 09.16.2010 / 4:15 PM ET / Recap
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Panthers Drop Second Game To Nashville
By Ethan Schildkraut for floridapanthers.com

For the second straight day Panthers fans crowded in to the Saveology.com IcePlex in Coral Springs as the Panthers rookie squad battled the rookies of the Nashville Predators. 

Unfortunately for the hometown fans, strong goalie play and a relentless offensive charge led to a 5-1 victory for Nashville.

The Predators jumped out to an early early just over five minutes into the game as Chris Mueller's shot from the slot trickled past goalie Jacob Markstrom. Notre Dame standout Ryan Thang netted the eventual game-winning goal ten minutes later off a feed from Ryan Ellis.

"We got running around a little bit again," said Amerks/Rookie head coach Chuck Weber. "We made some mistakes unfortunately in our down low coverage and that comes from communication. On defense, your feet and your mouth work together and when guys are working together and they're new to each other, you get those mistakes unfortunately."

Mueller would add his second goal of the game just thirty-nine seconds into the second period, banging home a rebound off a Roman Josi shot. Gabriel Bourque would add another goal before Taylor Beck netted his third goal in two contests to close the scoring for the Preds.

After being stonewalled for much of the game by the goalie tandem of Anders Lindback and Chet Pickard, Corey Durocher would score the Panthers' lone goal after tipping a wrister from defenseman Colby Robak past Pickard with 3:35 left in the contest.

"The guys competed shift in and shift out," said Weber. "Yeah they (Nashville) scored some goals on us but we battled to the end, getting a goal with three minutes left. After their fifth one, a lot of guys can be like "well here we go, let's get through it" but I thought we put some good shifts together we just didn't generate a lot of offense out of the work that we accomplished. We worked hard.

"At times we didn't work smart but you just see so much potential in these kids as individuals and I think if we had some time together as a team that I think you're going to see some good things from this group."

"In terms of game plan I think we came out and we played our game," said first-round pick Erik Gudbranson. "Unfortunately the bounces didn't go the way we wanted to but we played a lot better than we did yesterday."

The highlight of the game was arguably the play of the goalies on both ends of the ice. After being scratched yesterday, fans had the opportunity to see highly touted prospect Jacob Markstrom. Markstrom made several spectacular saves on his way to a thirty-two save performance.

"Of course I'm disappointed," said Marksterom. "You never want to lose a game and this was my first game over here and I let five goals in. Of course I'm not happy about that."

For Nashville, Lindback and Pickard continued to baffle the Panthers offense, combining to stop thirty of thirty-one Florida shots.

The Panthers will now regroup before returning to the ice Saturday morning to gear up for the much-anticipated intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday. Hockey Day in South Florida will be an all-day affair at the Cats training facility in Coral Springs including interactive games and the chance to meet many Panthers personalities throughout the day. The afternoon will culminate with the scrimmage at 3:00 p.m. with an autograph session to follow. All the day's events are free and open to the public.

SCORING
1st PERIOD
NSH - Goal - Chris Mueller from Mark Santorelli & Austin Watson (5:19)
NSH - Goal - Ryan Thang from Ryan Ellis & Taylor Beck (15:30)

2nd PERIOD
NSH - Goal - Chris Mueller from Roman Josi (0:39)

3rd PERIOD
NSH - Goal - Gabriel Bourque from Michael Latta & Ryan Flynn (5:59)
NSH - Goal - Taylor Beck from Ryan Thang (7:10)
NSH - Goal - Corey Durocher from Colby Robak (16:25)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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