Panthers win their 5th straight before roadtrip

Florida Panthers' Connor Brickley (23) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens as teammates Denis Malgin (62), of Switzerland, and Vincent Trocheck, top right, follow during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

In the famous words by Frank The Tank from Old School “We’re going streaking”, but for the Florida Panthers it is fully geared up and in the win column.

Saturday night the Florida Panthers shutout the Montreal Canadians 2-0 to mark their 5th straight win before going on a five game road trip.

The game start with once again an aggressive approach by the Panthers drawing their first power play within the first 4-minutes of the game. Once again they didn’t capitalize on any power plays going 0-3. They still managed a way to score though, twice.
Connor Brickley scored late in the 2nd period, for his second goal off a rebound during this win streak and brought the Panthers up 1-0.
Brickley has been playing well giving the Panthers fresh skates when needed.

Florida Panthers’ Vincent Trocheck, right, celebrates after scoring a goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, center, while Canadiens’ Byron Froese (42) looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Vincent Trocheck also shot in his first goal since the Wild game, off an amazing breakaway pass by Brickley to Weegar, who caught a defender slipping as he passed to Trocheck for the goal.
The awareness by this offense as been the key for their success during the win streak, staying through with the plays scoring by any means necessary.

Once again we are talking about James Reimer more than anything. Reimer has been playing substantially, posting another shutout win, his 2nd in the last three games.

Montreal certainly had their chance, but was denied 38 times by Reimer, with amazing saves in the first and third periods.
The Panthers did help the cause allowing no Power Plays to the Canadians, keeping it 5-on-5 throughout the game.

Like I said last week this is what the Panthers needed before going on a 5-game road trip with four of the five teams above a .500 record.
Panthers look to keep the win streak alive in their first game of the new year against the Minnesota Wild January 2nd at 8 p.m. EST.



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