A short road trip to Tampa didn’t end in disappointment on Tuesday night as the Panthers gained a point off of an overtime loss, after that the team traveled back to the BB&T Center for another long homestand, which continued the home win streak after beating the Canadians 5-0.
Saturday night the Rangers were in town, which at times can make it feel like a road goad as the Rangers fans travel well.
Panthers did not have an easy time like they did with the Canadians.
Once again early they struggled to keep the puck out of their zone as the Rangers kept attacking shooting 15 times.
Late in the first period, Vincent Trocheck drew a penalty and shot on goal that led to a Huberdeau rebound goal bringing the Cats up 1-0 before the period ended.
Things changed after the first intermission, Panthers were locked into the zone as newly acquired Frank Vatrano slammed the puck into the net after another Trocheck shot bounced off the pad of Lundqvist.
The Rangers certainly acted like a playoff team as they continued their pursuit of near-perfect goalie play by Roberto Luongo in the past few games, and finally pucked one in to bring them back within one.
The third period is where the intensity picked up from both teams, 17-seconds into play Rangers tie it at 2 a piece but the McGinn line that had played well all game fired back 45-seconds late from Jamie McGinn himself.
Still, though, the Rangers couldn’t go away as they tied the game again with no indication of who will take this game with a win.
Overtime was a short experience as well with much effort coming from both teams.
A shootout would eventually come to play, which started with a Rangers goal and followed with Huberdeau just losing control of the puck which almost guaranteed a goal as he beat Lundqvist in the matchup.
Lungo did a great job stopping the second attempt effortlessly.
Aleksander Barkov was up and the Rangers made sure he was quiet all game as they gave him a hard time on the ice, but 1-on-1 Barkov showed no fear as he easily scored to keep the shootout alive.
Luongo makes another great save as he immediately looked at the refs for reassurance. It was up to Vincent Trocheck to close to game out, he had a tough time getting his shots into the net though resulting in two assists, he double moved and closed the game with a glorious goal to keep the winning streak at home alive.
Full shootout action can be seen here:
Panthers continue their stay at home Monday night at 7:30 p.m. to face off against the Ottawa Senators.
Doug Plagens on the mic and broadcasting live on 640 The Hurricane.