The Florida Panthers are facing the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, trying to extend their franchise-best win streak of 10 games to 11.
But the first period wasn’t going their way. The score was tied, but they hadn’t even managed to put a shot on Ottawa’s Craig Anderson until 12:01 into the first period. But even then, the bounces seem to be going Florida’s way.
The Panthers proceeded to score on their first two shots of the game, spaced just eight seconds apart.
It started with a Reilly Smith goal, his 12th of the year. Off the center-ice face-off the Panthers got it deep and a sloppy exit pass hit Vincent Trocheck on the stick for a one-timer and his 12th goal of the year.
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