If you watched the game Tuesday night you could agree this was a crazy one.
Panthers were at Scottrade Center to face off against the St. Louis Blues in the last game of a horrific road trip.
What a horrific ending it would’ve been but like always the Panthers fight through and came out with a win.
St. Louis came into the first period doing what they do best scoring early, taking a commanding 2-0 lead after 8-minutes of play.
Aaron Ekblad was not phased by it as he made sure to shrink that lead back to 1 shortly after St. Louis’ second goal.
Another goal from Aleksander Barkov tied it up at two with 3-minutes remaining in the first period and would stay tied until intermission.
The second period started, as if it was a brand new game for the Panthers, playing aggressive from the start. James Reimer did allow another Blues goal early into the period due to Mike Matheson trying to continue the physical play but abandoned his assignment.
That seemed to not matter for the Panthers as Radim Vrabata sunk one in to tie it back up mid-way.
As the Panthers continued playing physical it started to wear on the Blues, and that erupted into a small little brawl where Connor Brickley and Vladmir Sobotka both left the game to played 4-on-4.
That’s when the Panthers apparently made a bet with each other to see how many different Panthers players will score a goal.
About 20-seconds into the 4-on-4 Jonathan Huberdeau gave the Panthers the lead for the first time of the night with an apple by Barkov.
Vincent Trocheck came soaring shortly after (42-seconds to be exact) and put the Panthers up 5-3 with four minutes to go in the 2nd period.
Enter a 3rd period with the first time the Panthers lead a game in a while and they didn’t stop at five, Colton Sceviour blasted in the Panthers 6th goal of the night and Sceviours 6th of the season.
After keeping up with physical play it either wore the Panthers out or they just let up with a three goal lead and that allowed another Blues goal with 2:41 remaining in the game which lead to empty-net play to try and catch up.
The “Big Three” were not phased by the extra man, as the Panthers lead the league in short-handed goals, Barkov broke up a play, Huberdeau snatched the puck and passed to Trocheck as he scores for his second goal of the night, 7th for the Panthers and lead back to 3, which eventually led to all zeros on the clock for a Panthers win.
James Reimer played shaky at first allowing another 1-shot goal in the beginning of the game. As the Panthers began to play more aggressive Reimer’s saves go up a lot more. That’s where most of Reimer’s goals come from is poor, non-aggressive defense.
He continually makes great saves and it should be recognized, his improvement needs to be in 1-on-1 and poor defensive match-ups.
Aleksander Barkov broke the top 10 goals in Panthers franchise history.
The Florida Panthers also scored 7 goals with 6 different players on a Blues team they now have beaten three times in a row.
Panthers head back home for 1-game against Calgary Flames before the week break.
Face-off is at 7:30 p.m. and you can hear the game live on 640 The Hurricane.