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Predators Big Third Downs Panthers

Nashville strikes six times in final 20 for 8-4 victory while Florida wins shootout 2-1 in openers for teams.

Friday, 09.06.2013 / 10:00 PM / News
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Predators Big Third Downs Panthers
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9/06/2013
4-8
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 2 1 1 0 4
Predators 1 1 6 0 8
FLA - L. Shaw (1), J. McFarland (1), J. McFadden (1), C. Clapperton (1)
NSH - M. Salomaki (1), J. Shalla (1), F. Forsberg (1), M. Moffat (1), S. Cehlin (1), Vinny Saponari (1), T. Veilleux (1), Z. Budish (1)
  

By: Brittney Foley, University of Miami

The Florida Panthers opened up Game Two of The 2013 Florida Panthers Prospects Tournament with an exciting meeting against the Nashville Predators. Holding a 3-2 lead after two periods, Nashville struck for six goals in the third on their way to an 8-4 victory at the Saveology.com Iceplex.

The Predators were the first to score with an unassisted goal by Miikka Salomaki but that lead was short-lived as Panthers’ right winger Logan Shaw got on the board less than five minutes later off a low point from the slot, followed by a deflected shot goal from John McFarland 1:19 later, giving the hometown team a 2-1 lead to end the first period. The second period saw the teams’ defenses keep the offenses to one goal each with Josh Shalla scoring 2:01 into the period and the Cat’s Josh McFadden following up on his own shot with 30 seconds remaining for a 3-2 lead, heading into the final period of play. In the third, Nashville’s offense came out strong, scoring 59 seconds in off a goal from Filip Forsberg. After Chris Clapperton tied the game at four on a rebound from Corey Trivino 6:35 in, Nashville struck four times in a seven minute span, including twice just 32 seconds apart.

“I thought we started off good,” said Panthers forward Quinton Howden. “I thought we had some good energy and we were playing hard, and then the turnovers cost us. 

“It’s kind of hard to come back when you are kind of put down. I thought we played up until the end and it is a good learning experience for us.”

On the flip side, No. 4 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft back in June, Seth Jones saw his first action in a Predators uniform. 

“It felt pretty good. Obviously everyone was trying to get their feet back under them this summer,” said Jones. “I think after the first period everyone realized, you know, the season is starting back up again. It was really good to get out there and get a feel for things.”

Following regulation, the teams took part in a five-round shootout. Shooting for Florida were Francis Beauvillier, Vincent Trocheck, Nick Bjugstad, Jared Gomes and Alexander Delnov. Trocheck scored on a pretty deke while Delnov scored on a wrist shot on the last shot of the night to earn the 2-1 shootout victory for the Cats. Shooting for Nashville were Austin Watson, Brendan Leipsic, Forsberg, Shalla and Vinny Saponari with Forsberg making good on his shot.

George Hughes, Jonathan Racine, Bjugstad, Gomes, Trivino and Alexander Petrovic all had assists in the loss while Rob Madore stopped 10 of the 12 shots he saw in the first half of the game and Mack Shields turning aside eight of 14 shots.

Scoring for Nashville were Miikka Salomaki, Shalla, Forsberg, Michael Moffat, Cehlin, Saponari, Tommy Veilleux and Zach Budish. Salomaki led the team with two assists and Budish had one assist in addition to his goal. Magnus Hellberg stopped nine of the 11 shots he saw in the start and Marek Mazanec allowed just two goals on 15 shots in the second half of the game. 

QUOTABLE

Florida’s John McFarland

Q: This camp and this tournament, how important is it for you to get off your season to a good start?

A:
It's huge. Everyone comes here to be a Florida Panther. It doesn't always work out that way but that's your goal and that's the mindset you come in with. You want to give yourself the best opportunity possible.

Nashville’s Seth Jones

Q: Are the coaches going to give you the latitude to rush as much as you’d like to rush?

A: I think you obviously have to be a little bit more smart about it…I think that’s one of the major, major things about jumping from juniors right to the NHL. Everyone’s so much better. Everyone’s so much faster, so you can’t make the plays in juniors, you know, in the end, that you can…You can’t make them in the NHL. It just doesn’t work out that way. Everyone is too good…You definitely have to adjust to your surroundings, but, I mean, if I see an opening, I will take it.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 63 22 16 -8 38
J. Huberdeau 60 9 27 4 36
J. Jokinen 62 6 28 0 34
A. Ekblad 63 10 23 8 33
B. Boyes 61 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 59 12 19 -9 31
J. Hayes 54 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 63 3 20 3 23
A. Barkov 52 10 12 -4 22
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 5 6 2 .891 2.98
 
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