The 2020-21 NHL season starts this evening with five games on tap for hockey-starved fans across North America.
Florida first opponent will now be the Chicago Blackhawks, who will get in two games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, including tonight’s 8 p.m. tilt which is also on NBCSN, before they meet the Cats for a pair.
Since the Panthers found themselves with some extra practice time this week, the club held another scrimmage yesterday at the BB&T Center that ended with Team Red scoring a 5-2 decision over Team Blue.
The score was actually tied 2-2 after regulation with Red going on to score three times in the 5-minute, three-on-three overtime period.
Both Sam Montembeault and Chris Driedger had strong games in net. Philippe Desrosier subbed in for Montembeault in overtime and surrendered three goals. Seems a bit unfair, but at least he got some action.
Goal-scorers in regulation were Red’s Riley Stillmdan (penalty shot) and Frank Vatrano. Blue definitely got a goal from Anthony Duclair and the other might have went to Noel Acciari on a deflection.
Radko Gudas scored the winner in overtime and Stillman and Vatrano both tallied again in the extra session.
Gudas’ goal was a thing of beauty, with the assists going to Vatrano and Alexander Wennberg.