Game 75 Recap: Carter Verhaeghe scores four, Panthers smother Jackets 7-0
Happy April Fools!
Happy April Fools! As a lil prank, the Cleveland Monsters dressed up as the Columbus Blue Jackets for their game against the Florida Panthers. How silly.
Here's how this s**t went down
The game opened with Florida immediately getting gifted a net front chance. Great. The Jackets actually played the first half of the period pretty even, all things considered, as Florida only had an 8-5 shot advantage just past the midway point. That's when Tim Berni would take a tripping penalty, and ninety seconds later, the Panthers would capitalize.
PANTHERS POWERPLAY GOAL - Sam Reinhart from Tkachuk and Barkov - 12:03 1st Period
From then on, however, the Panthers made this game look like what it was: a team that takes hold of a wildcard spot with a win playing an AHL team with an NHL top line. They'd earn the last five shots of the period, including a netfront scramble that somehow resulted in a goal, and end a rather boring opening frame up 2-0.
PANTHERS GOAL - Carter Verhaeghe from Forsling and Barkov - 17:29 1st Period
Second and Third Periods
Aaaaand the Panthers score 18 seconds in.
PANTHERS GOAL - Carter Verhaeghe (2) from Ekblad and Duclair - 0:18 2nd Period
The Jackets would respond with a decent but fruitless powerplay, followed by Carter Verhaeghe finishing the natural hat trick. The Jackets would fail to do anything on a 5-on-3, and in terms of interesting things, that'd just about do it.
PANTHERS HAT TRICK GOAL - Carter Verhaeghe (3) from Montour and Duclair - 6:34 2nd Period
The Panthers absolutely smothered the Clevelumbus Blue Monstackets, with the Gaudreau line really the only one able to do anything the rest of the way. It was an absolute snooze fest for CBJ fans, as the Panthers simply pestered Columbus for the remaining 30 minutes. Three more Florida goals, two failed power plays, and one fat lady later, and we were all gifted with the ability to not watch the Columbus Blue Jackets for 20.5 more hours. Final score: 7-0 Florida. Shots: 49-21 Florida.
PANTHERS GOAL - Nick Cousins from E. Staal and Reinhart - 8:34 3rd Period
PANTHERS GOAL - Carter Verhaeghe (4) from Duclair and Barkov - 11:18 3rd Period
PANTHERS GOAL - Eric Staal from Reinhart and Lomberg - 14:16 3rd Period
Sorry for the short recap, but man, this team is such a chore to watch. Nothing interesting happens aside from Gaudreau. We just get completely obliterated. And you (myself included) can't enjoy wins because it means one less ball in the Bedard lottery. The goaltending still sucks. The defense still sucks. Watching this team sucks.
Seven games to go. See y'all tomorrow.