Panthers beat Predators 6-3 in split-squad game

NHL.com | Tuesday, 09.17.2013 / 12:23 AM

Brad Boyes didn't hurt his chances of winning a job by scoring the go-ahead goal with 7:16 remaining in regulation as the Florida Panthers notched a 6-3 victory against the Nashville Predators in the opening game of a split-squad doubleheader.

Boyes signed a tryout agreement with the Panthers last week after failing to find a new home following a 35-point season with the New York Islanders in 2012-13.

"My linemates did a good job of getting the puck back," Boyes said. "We just outworked them to get that goal."

Scottie Upshall and rookie Quinton Howden added insurance goals for the Panthers, who overcame a 3-1 deficit. Defenseman Eric Gudbranson got the Panthers even with a pair of second-period goals.

"I think we got away from our game and we turned too many pucks over," Predators coach Barry Trotz said of his team's inability to hold the lead. "When you turn too many pucks over, you end up spending too much time in your own end. We also took too many penalties and that was really taxing. We hit a wall in the second period because we've had a real hard camp and we've pushed these guys to extremes. We just didn't have any legs in the third period and it showed."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:44NSH Kevin Henderson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Gaustad (1) 1 - 0 NSH
06:01FLA PPG - Scottie Upshall (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Colby Robak (1), Erik Gudbranson (1) 1 - 1 Tie
07:39NSH Filip Forsberg (1) Tip-in - ASST: Scott Ford (1), Colin Wilson (1) 2 - 1 NSH
19:27NSH PPG - Shea Weber (1) Snap shot - ASST: Matt Cullen (1), Colin Wilson (2) 3 - 1 NSH
2nd Period
14:14FLA Erik Gudbranson (1) Slapshot - ASST: Marcel Goc (1) 3 - 2 NSH
18:13FLA PPG - Erik Gudbranson (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Jon Matsumoto (1) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
12:44FLA Brad Boyes (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Drew Shore (1), Garrett Wilson (1) 4 - 3 FLA
13:23FLA Scottie Upshall (2) Snap shot - ASST: Jed Ortmeyer (1), Vincent Trocheck (1) 5 - 3 FLA
15:39FLA Quinton Howden (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Vincent Trocheck (2) 6 - 3 FLA
Three Stars of the Game
Erik Gudbranson
Erik Gudbranson
G: 2Shots: 10
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:29
Scottie Upshall
Scottie Upshall
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:37
Vincent Trocheck
Vincent Trocheck
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 18:01
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:54NSH Rich Clune  Roughing  - 2 min against  Mike Mottau
02:11NSH Victor Bartley  Interference  - 2 min against  Jon Matsumoto
05:37NSH Brendan Leipsic  Tripping  - 2 min against  Jesse Winchester
15:20FLA Vincent Trocheck  Tripping  - 2 min against  Brendan Leipsic
19:11FLA Garrett Wilson  Holding  - 2 min against  Mark Van Guilder
2nd Period
04:13NSH Rich Clune  Roughing  - 2 min against  Jonathan Racine
10:24FLA Garrett Wilson  Boarding  - 2 min against  Colin Wilson
16:28FLA Steven Pinizzotto  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Rich Clune
16:28NSH Rich Clune  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Steven Pinizzotto
16:31NSH Mikko Vainonen  Hooking  - 2 min against  Jon Matsumoto
18:37NSH Filip Forsberg  Interference  - 2 min against  Mike Mottau
3rd Period
03:41NSH Paul Gaustad  Roughing  - 2 min against  Tony Turgeon
03:41FLA Tony Turgeon  Roughing  - 2 min against  Paul Gaustad
14:49NSH Paul Gaustad  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Jesse Winchester
14:49FLA Jesse Winchester  Roughing  - 2 min against  Paul Gaustad
19:30FLA Jonathan Racine  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Viktor Stalberg
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/42/7
Faceoff Wins2931
Blocked Shots107
Penalty Minutes2117
2S. FordD0100016:54
4R. EllisD00-12022:51
6S. WeberD10-12026:59
7M. CullenC01-10017:03
9F. ForsbergL10-11215:54
16R. CluneL0012910:01
18K. HendersonL1011014:01
25V. StalbergL00-21016:46
28P. GaustadC0112414:58
29M. Van GuilderC00-10012:59
33C. WilsonL0201017:14
40B. LeipsicL00-12214:50
43V. SaponariR00-1009:03
64V. BartleyD00-10223:10
70M. TousignantC000106:16
83A. BitettoD00-13017:50
84C. SissonsC00-12017:20
85M. VainonenD0001211:48
36S. Darling1720.85020:00
39M. Mazanec1821.85739:57
13S. PinizzottoR001259:06
15D. ShoreC0113017:41
17J. WinchesterC00-22212:39
19S. UpshallR2003020:37
21M. MottauD0011018:59
22B. BoyesR1014018:03
28G. WilsonL0112412:00
38J. OrtmeyerR0110011:16
40J. MatsumotoC0101012:13
42Q. HowdenC1011014:45
44E. GudbransonD21110021:29
47C. RobakD0112022:16
53D. UrbanD0013021:22
57M. GocC0101016:10
58J. RacineD0001217:32
62M. CarusoD0003018:12
67V. TrocheckC0211218:01
94T. TurgeonD000128:58
33R. Madore551.00020:18