On Monday night at Bridgestone Arena, the Florida Panthers secured a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators, with Carter Verhaeghe contributing a goal and an assist. Sam Reinhart, Brandon Montour, and Matthew Tkachuk added goals for Florida, putting an end to their four-game losing streak. Anthony Stolarz, making 27 out of 28 saves, and Sam Bennett with three assists, played crucial roles in the win.
Florida’s road success continued as they secured their sixth consecutive win away from home, boosting their season record to 28-14-4.
Panthers coach Paul Maurice acknowledged the team’s need for a victory, praising the energy and focus on the bench. Despite a few mistakes, the Panthers compensated with exceptional effort. Jeremy Lauzon scored for the Predators, and Juuse Saros made 34 saves, but Nashville suffered its third loss in four games.
Despite missing key players like captain Aleksander Barkov and top-pair defenseman Gustav Forsling, the Panthers earned a significant road win. Stolarz, with a personal record of 7-4-2, expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance, especially after a challenging stretch.
Florida faced adversity, playing without Barkov and Forsling, but players stepped up to fill the void. Forward Sam Bennett emphasized the team’s resilience and the contributions from players taking on larger roles.
Reinhart opened the scoring in the second period, capitalizing on a power play after a penalty to Nashville’s Yakov Trenin. Reinhart’s goal marked his career-high 34th of the season, extending his point streak to 10 games. Bennett’s three assists matched his career high.
Lauzon quickly equalized for the Predators with a wrist shot, but Verhaeghe, celebrating his 300th career game, sealed the Panthers’ victory in the third period with a well-placed shot. Stolarz made a crucial save in the third, denying Gustav Nyquist on a power play.
The Panthers sealed the win with late empty-net goals from Brandon Montour and Matthew Tkachuk, securing a 4-1 victory.
The Florida Panthers now look ahead to their last game before the All-Star break, hosting the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday at 7:00 P.M. EST at the Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, Florida.
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