Panthers Roar Back From Deficit To Defeat Boston
Trailing 4-0, Florida scores final five goals, including hat trick from Nick Bjugstad.
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.