Saturday night the Florida Panthers were paid a visit by the Vancouver Canucks for the third hockey showdown of the season.
Tough match-up as both struggled to make anything happen offensively scoring no goals in the first period. This game certainly showed off the defensive skill of both teams, with the Cats shooting 11 times to the Canucks nine.
Come the second period Vincent Trocheck asserted himself as he passed it off to Jonathan Huberdeau for a rebound goal that was originally denied with 12:31 left.
Here is Doug Plagens call:
Shortly after the Canucks were able to match the goals at one apiece during their power play.
But Vincent Trocheck had himself a game as he one-timed a goal inches from the blue line to give the Panthers the lead once again.
Trocheck’s goal heard here:
Before you could even have time to celebrate and tweet about the goal and 2-1 lead, less than 60 seconds later the Canucks scored their 2nd goal to tie at two.
Certainly, the Panthers were being shown that anything they did the Canucks can do as well.
Unfortunately, the game seemed to have been sealed after the Canucks Bo Horvat scored with 14 minutes remaining with the Panthers unable to catch up causing a 3-2 loss.
Mike Lewis of the Florida Panthers sent us some post-game comments by Bob Boughner and Vincent Trocheck.
On feeling the play is better than results show – “I think the first two games, yeah, but tonight not necessarily. I think a couple glaring things is every time we take the lead it’s tough when the momentum changes and another team ties it up right after and that’s a pattern so far in the first three games and that is something that has got to change. We finished minus in the special teams department again tonight. That’s usually what a lot of these games come down to is special teams. Once you get that lead it’s about keeping that lead and the momentum and we have to figure out how to do a better job of that.”
On Huberdeau, Trocheck goals, second line performance – “Yeah I thought they played more desperate and won more puck battles and things like that. It was good to see them get rewarded.”
On Kiselevich’s first NHL game – “I thought for his first game he did pretty well. I think he’s just going to continue to get better and it’s going to take him some time.”
On if anything is missing from the team – “I think right now that in all three games we’ve controlled the game for the most part. There’s a lot of things to be positive about, and I think we’re playing pretty good hockey. We’re beating ourselves. We’re giving teams just a few chances but the chances we’re giving up are Grade-A quality opportunities that we can’t be giving up.”
Game Note: The Panther Goalie Roberto Luongo celebrated his 1000th game as a professional NHL Saturday night at the BB&T Center.
Next Game: Panthers head to Philadelphia Tuesday night to take on the Flyers at 7 p.m. You can hear the action like always on 640 The Hurricane with Doug Plagens.
What’s ahead: Five of the next six games are on the road. They will face a tough Flyers team, and that includes their mascot Gritty, the defending champion Capitols on the road. Come back for the lone home game against the Red Wings who always give the Cats a hard time. Then it is back on the road along the coast to face both New York teams and the New Jersey Devils.