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Panthers Roar Back From Deficit To Defeat Boston

Trailing 4-0, Florida scores final five goals, including hat trick from Nick Bjugstad.

Saturday, 09.7.2013 / 8:10 PM ET / News
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Panthers Roar Back From Deficit To Defeat Boston
Sat
9/07/2013
5-4
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 3 2 0 5
Bruins 4 0 0 0 4
FLA - N. Bjugstad (1), J. Racine (1), N. Bjugstad (2), N. Bjugstad (3), Q. Howden (1)
BOS - Z. Trotman (2), A. Khoklachev (2), R. Camara (2), R. Knight (1)
  

By: Ashley Martinez, University of Miami 

The Florida Panthers charged to victory against the Boston Bruins, winning 5-4 at the fourth game of the 2013 Florida Panthers Prospect Tournament. This game concluded day two of the three-day, six-game tournament held in Coral Springs, Fla. at the Saveology.com Iceplex. 

Zach Trotman got the Bruins on the board early as he wristed a shot past Panthers starting netminder Michael Houser. It got worse before it got better for the home team as Boston would add three more goals to get out to a 4-0 first intermission lead. The first period was also highlighted by several fights including Panthers’  defenseman Jonathan Racine and taking down Boston forward Anthony Camara.

Things picked up when the Panthers rallied together in the second period in large part due to forward Nick Bjugstad. Bjugstad’s eventual first of the night was initially missed before the referees came together after the next stop and play and concluded that Bjugstad’s top shelf shot went through a hole in the net. Racine later scored on a long shot after collecting his blocked shot and sending a shot into the back of the net through traffic while Bjugstad scored off a rush up the ice, sending a backhand from in close five-hole. 

Trailing 4-3 after two periods, the 2010 first round pick (19th overall) finished off the prospect game hat trick with another close range shot after being set up nicely by defenseman MacKenzie Weegar bringing the puck in from the blueline. The Panthers finished off the comeback as Weegar’s shot from the point was deflected by Trevor Lewis off Adam Morrison and fellow 2010 first round pick (25th overall) Quinton Howden pounced on the rebound and deposited it into the wide open net. Florida held on with Boston looking for the equalizer, sending the fans home happy.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy had this to say about the defeat: “Obviously we don’t like that we let a four-nothing lead slip away, but you know that one guy, the kid [Bjugstad] got three goals. He’s a good hockey player. We got to give them credit, they came back hard.”  

Following the game, the teams went to a five-player shootout where they finished in a three-three tie.

Shooting for Boston were Jared Knight,  Alexander Khokhlachev,  Alex Fallstrom, Ryan Spooner and Matt Lindblad. Khokhlachev, Fallstrom and Spooner managed to score goals against Panthers goaltender Rob Madore.  

Shooting for Florida were Alexander Delnov,  Vincent Trocheck, Bjugstad, Howden and Alexander Petrovic. Delnov, Trocheck, and Petrovic successfully made it past Morrison .  

Leading the offense for the victors were Bjugstad (three goals), Howden (goal, two assists) and Weegar (two assists) while Petrovic, Jared Gomes, Trocheck  and Lewis  all had assists. Houser began the game and finished with 12 saves out of 16 shots-on-goal. Madore closed out the game, stopping all 18 shots. 

Scoring for Boston were Trotman, Camara and Knight. Morrison played the entire game and had 18 saves out of 23 shots-on-goal. 

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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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