Red-hot Panthers cause Canucks 1st loss in regulation under Boudreau

Sam Reinhart scored two goals and assisted, and Bruce Boudreau was handed his first regulation loss in 10 games by the Florida Panthers. The win Tuesday night in Sunrise, Florida saw Bruce Boudreau lose to Vancouver Canucks coach Bruce Boudreau.

Boudreau was a perfect 8-0-1 after taking over the Canucks Dec. 6. Vancouver was 8-15-2 at the time he took over the Canucks from Travis Green.

Boudreau stated that there were many things we didn’t do well. It’s never fun to lose. This brought us down a bit.

Aleksander Barkov scored the team’s 15th goal, and had an assist for Florida. Aaron Ekblad scored a goal with two assists, Maxim Mamin also scored, while Anton Lundell and Frank Vatrano each had two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 42 shots.

Reinhart stated that “I don’t think we’re doing anything extraordinary.” I think we are playing an offensively simple game. It’s clear that we are all on the same page and being successful. It’s a good team to work with. Our team really benefits from each other.”

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Sam Reinhart scores two as Panthers defeat Canucks

Sam Reinhart of Florida scored twice Tuesday night to help the Panthers defeat the Vancouver Canucks, 5-2. 0:38

In their seven previous games, the Panthers are now 6-0-1.

Andrew Brunette, interim coach, stated that “it’s how our team has played.” “I am just enjoying how they have played throughout the year. This position is very enviable. This is a team effort and I am very grateful. “I’m just there for the ride.”

Juho Lamiko and Jason Dickinson scored for Vancouver, while Thatcher Demko stopped 21 attempts.

The Panthers led 2-1 and scored twice in the second 26 seconds apart. Huberdeau’s power play goal gave the Panthers an 8:46 lead. Mamin’s goal extended the Panthers lead up to 4-1.

Barkov scored a goal with just 59.4 seconds remaining in the second.

Boudreau stated that the team has “great stick work in front, and they stick to everything.” They are a great team and you don’t have to give them opportunities. They are quick to score.

Ekblad was the Panthers’ 1-0 winner when his shot from just within the blue line beat Demko at the glove side at 5/18 in the first.

Reinhart’s goal 1:08 later — a deflection of a shot from the blue line by Radko Gudas — made the score 2-0.

Dickinson got the Canucks down to 2-1 after his shot from left circle was blocked by Bobrovsky at 8:29 in the first.