Trocheck Helps Panthers Rally Past Blues, Blackhawks Win


Published on January 10 2018 6:11 am
Last Updated on January 10 2018 6:12 am


Vincent Trocheck and the Florida Panthers erased a slow start with one impressive scoring spree.

Trocheck had two goals and an assist, leading Florida to a 7-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

The Panthers rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to snap a three-game losing streak.

"I think once we kind of woke up a little, it was a hard-fought effort as everybody came together," Trocheck said. "It's always nice to put the puck in the net."

Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov each had a goal and two assists, and James Reimer stopped 26 shots in his 15th straight start.

"We had contributions from everybody," Florida coach Bob Boughner said. "I liked the way we played. I liked our bite tonight. I think when we were down 2-0, we never thought we were out of it.

"We put our heads down and we worked hard. We grinded. We were physical and you know, we showed up. I'm proud of the team in the effort."

St. Louis has lost three straight against Florida at Scottrade Center. Vladimir Tarasenko and Paul Stastny each had a goal and an assist for the Blues, and Colton Parayko and Tage Thompson also scored.

St. Louis got off to a fast start on goals by Stastny and Parayko in the first 8:05 of the game.

"We came back and that's what the team needs to do," Huberdeau said. "I think this was a character win and that's what we got to do more often."

Aaron Ekblad and Barkov responded for Florida in the first, and the Panthers grabbed control with three more goals in the second.

"We just weren't good enough," Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "I think they came out and they competed hard, harder than us. We had a pretty decent start and then kind of we sat back.

"We won't accept that anymore, well, not anymore. We haven't accepted it. This is where we draw a line in the sand. That's enough. It's not who we are. It won't continue."

After Tarasenko made it 3-2 with a wrist shot from the right circle at 4:17, Radim Vrbata replied for Florida from in front of the net at 12:23. Huberdeau scored from the left circle at 15:55 and Trocheck got his 16th of the season 42 seconds later, making it 5-3 with a snap shot from the slot.

"All I had to do was shoot it," Trocheck said. "Huberdeau made a great play on the faceoff to get it to me."

The Blues were upset about letting the lead get away from them.

"We were kind of lackadaisical out there," defenseman Joel Edmundson said. "The second period wore us down and they took advantage of us. I guess we thought we had it in the bag and then we took our foot off the pedal. I thought we could have played a little harder."

Colton Sceviour added a short-handed goal 13:02 into the third. After Thompson got St. Louis within two again, Trocheck tacked on an empty netter at 17:56.

St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen stopped 18 of 23 shots before he was replaced by Carter Hutton, who finished with 11 saves.

Blackhawks 8, Senators 2

Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks had all their firepower on full display Tuesday night.

Nick Schmaltz and Jonathan Toews each scored two goals and Kane had a goal and four assists as Chicago cruised to an 8-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Richard Panik, Patrick Sharp and Jan Rutta also scored for the Blackhawks, while Anton Forsberg made 25 saves. Kane had five points for the first time in his career.

"I think one of the things we really haven't really had the fortune of this year is to have a hot power play," Kane said. "You saw that tonight. We were kind of making easy plays. I don't think it was anything special throughout the game. Just making the right play out there and finishing off some plays."

Mark Stone and Derick Brassard scored for the Senators. Craig Anderson allowed four goals on 26 shots before giving way to Mike Condon, who also gave up four goals on 17 shots.

The loss snapped Ottawa's two-game winning streak and was the team's most lopsided loss of the season.

"I think we started the game the way that we wanted to and then in the second we kind of give them a little too much," Senators captain Erik Karlsson said. "And then going in the third down 6-2 it's going to be hard, and especially when they're having a night on their PP (power play) and they score another two."

The Blackhawks scored five times in the second period to break open the game and finished 4 for 6 on the power play.

Ottawa has been outscored 61-34 in the second this season.

Toews scored his second of the game at 3:24 of the third period to extend the lead to 7-2 before Kane chipped in with his team-leading 18th on the power play.

Both Ottawa goaltenders have struggled all season, but veteran Dion Phaneuf said it's unfair to put the blame on them.

"I don't think in any circumstance that we need more saves. It's on us in front of our goaltenders to do a better job," Phaneuf said. "We made mistakes. We made mistakes in key areas and our goaltenders have been solid."

The second period was once again troubling as Anderson gave up three goals on four shots in a span of 4:39.

Sharp gave Chicago a 2-0 lead at the five-minute mark with a wrist shot from the top of the circle. Schmaltz made it 3-0 with his first power-play goal of the game, beating Anderson five-hole and, 1:38 later, the Blackhawks took a 4-0 lead as Toews scored on a rebound to end Anderson's night.

The Senators managed to cut the lead in half when Stone, with his third in as many games, beat Forsberg short side. Brassard then made it 4-2 by driving to the net and tipping Stone's shot in off his chest.

But two late power-play goals allowed Chicago to regain its four-goal advantage.

Schmaltz scored his second of the game, picking up Sharp's rebound to beat Condon high and Rutta made it 6-2 with a one-timer.

Combined, Anderson and Condon gave up five goals on nine shots in the second period. Bobby Ryan added to the misery by leaving the game favoring his hand and didn't return for the third.

The Senators looked good in the first period, but were still outshot 17-8 and gave up the first goal as Panik picked up the puck near the slot and threw it at the net to beat Anderson through traffic.

"We've talked about it, you guys have talked about it and we have to find a way in our room to have better second periods," Phaneuf said. "I really cannot be any more honest with you than admitting that we have to find a way to be better in the second, more consistent and play to our capabilities."

Tuesday, January 9 Scoreboard

Winnipeg 7, Buffalo 4

Washington 3, Vancouver 1

Chicago 8, Ottawa 2

Tampa Bay 5, Carolina 4

Florida 7, St. Louis 4

Nashville 2, Edmonton 1

Calgary 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)

Wednesday, January 10 Schedule (All Times Central)

Ottawa at Toronto, 6:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Chicago, 7 p.m.