FLORIDA TO CALGARY AND CRUSH FLAMES
The Panthers, on paper, were supposed to win this game big, and they did just that, going away with a 7-0 win, and Mike Moffat's 2nd shutout of the season.
They came out fast and just over a minute in, Naslund scored his 5th of the season. Messier would add his 3rd and before the period ended, Tonelli scored his 1st of the year. The score was 3-0 after one, but could have been much worse as the shots on net were 17-6. The second period was a slower pace, and only Gretzky would hit the back of the net with his 4th. Going into the 3rd up 4-0, the Panthers would once again add 3 goals in the third. Gretzky scored his 5th to send Ranford to the showers. Just 2 minutes later, Gretzky scored his 6th to welcome Tugnutt and complete his hattrick. Tonelli would close out the scoring with his second of the night less than 3 minutes to go in the game.
As we mentioned, Moffat got the win with a 18 save shutout, and the only goalie in the NFHL with 2 SO's this season. His record is now 5 - 3.
On special teams, the Panthers were 3-12 on the PP and perfect on 6 short handed chances against.
1st star - Wayne Gretzky. The great one came to play tonight. 3 goals, 5 points, +2 on 7 shots.
2nd star - John Tonelli - 2 goals, +1 on 4 shots
3rd star - Mike Moffat - 18 save shut out.
The club went into Medicine Hat and we saw some fireworks as the teams skated to a 7-7 tie. Pang was the goalie of record for the tie and 7 goals against, while the offense came from 7 different scorers. Rookie Tony Tuzzolino scored his 6th of the season.
Bubba Smith Sr.