After the big win against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Florida Panthers traveled to Nashville to take on the Predators and the other Subban brother Saturday night.
For last nights game Harri Sateri got his first NHL start, though giving up a goal early first Coach Bob Boughner said “He played well, and gave us [Panthers] a chance to win”.
After that first goal by Nashville, the Panthers stuck with same game plan, and that is to get more shots in and play physical.
Half way through the 1st period Vincent Trocheck scored on their first and only power play of the game, and 5 minutes later Derek MacKenzie shot another goal to take the lead 2-1.
Early in the 2nd period Nashville came rushing in on Sateri, but was blocked, the puck bounced off the leg of Sateri, Matheson comes behind and tries to block the deflected puck away from the goal, and thats when Nashville’s Nick Bonino used his stick to push Matheson into the goal.
Now originally there was a no-goal call, but the line judge called for a goal.
After review, the referee still called for a Nashville goal, that is when Coach Boughner asked for interference by Bonino for using his stick to push Matheson into the net and not the actual puck.
Still the Predators were rewarded with a goal.
The call certainly did not sit well with Coach Boughner, as no replay shows the puck actually in the net, only presumption after Bonino used his stick to push Matheson backwards.
You can see the “goal” here.
After that controversial goal the Predators capitalized on what seemed like an emotional Panthers team still in shock.
Which is something you cant do when facing a great team like Nashville, they went on to score two more goals in the second period. Both teams only made 9 shots, and with the Predators scoring on 3 of them to take a 4-2 lead meant a significant catch up for the Panthers.
Keith Yandle scored a goal half way through the third and out shot the Predators 13-5. Ultimately, it was not enough to take home the bread.
Panthers still played well and certainly could have been a tie game or win for them if that weird call wasnt made. They out shot the Predators 40-29, and kept their power play kills rolling.
Panthers have the Dallas Stars Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m.
You can hear the game here on 640 The Hurricane.