Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Blackhawks Beat Panthers

     Tom Rowe made his NHL coaching debut as the Florida Panthers fell to the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in a shootout at United Center on Tuesday night. Rowe was named interim head coach following their game in Carolina on Sunday and replaced Gerard Gallant.
     It was the second game of a six-game road trip for the Panthers. Jaromir Jagr tied Mark Recchi for fourth all-time in NHL history as he played in his 1,652nd game. He broke a tie with former Blackhawks defenseman Chris Chelios for fifth all-time in games played. Brian Campbell played his former team the Panthers for the first time since he signed as a free agent over the summer.
     Chicago(15-6-3) got out to a 1-0 lead with 2:15 left in the first period. The puck bounced off  the right glove of Jakub Kindl at center ice and it was picked up by Richard Panik. He skated in on a breakaway, faked a forehand shot and slid a backhand shot past Roberto Luongo. Dennis Rasmussen and Marcus Kruger were credited with assists on the play.
     Florida(11-10-2) drew even 35 seconds into the third period. Jagr added a power-play tally for his fourth goal of the season and his 753rd NHL goal. Jonathan Marchessault got the primary assist and Aaron Ekblad made his first assist 23 games into the campaign.
     The game went into a shootout for it to be decided. Artemi Panarin converted on the second shootout attempt for Chicago with a backhand shot and Panik finished it with a wrist shot on their third attempt. Vincent Trocheck and Aleksander Barkov were unable to put the puck by Corey Crawford.

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