It was a night to remember for Florida Panthers fans and for the Captain himself.
Aleksander Barkov got his second career hat trick on Sunday night when the Florida Panthers took care of the Montreal Canadians 6-3 at the BB&T Center.
A Five Goal First Period!
The Panthers got off to a great start in the first period with goals in the 3rd and 11th minutes by Aleksander Barkov (power play) and Denis Malgin respectively. Max Domi answered back with a goal to reduce the Panthers lead to one goal. But 53 seconds later Frank Vatrano extended the Panthers lead to two again with a goal assisted by Barkov.
In the 16th minute of the first period Gallagher netted the Canadiens second goal of the night, again putting pressure on the Panthers slimming the lead down to one.
Goal of the Year?
In the second twenty minutes of play, Montreal was a lot more organized defensively and was able to slow down the Panthers attack. Max Domi scored again for the Canadiens in the fifth minute knotting the game up 3-3. Following this goal both teams played 10 minutes of defensive hockey basically ‘boxing’ each other scared to concede another goal. Montreal got 2 penalties called against them both for slashing and the power plays were both promising but did not produce a goal.
And then–it happened. One of the goals of the year, definitely the goal of the year for the Panthers. Aleksander Barkov’s second goal of the night, which reclaimed the Panthers lead 4-3, was something straight out of a video game. Heck. I don’t think its even possible to do what “Barky” did in a video game.
With almost 2 two minutes left in the second period, Barkov went on a break and attacked Montreal’s goalie, Carey Price. Even with a defenseman right behind him, Barkov was able to show an amazing skill.
He pulled the trigger and shot from between his legs and had the awareness to place the puck in the upper left corner of the net where Price had no shot of making a save.
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— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) February 18, 2019
Bring Out the Hats & the Rats
The Panthers took over and dominated the third period. Reimer was able to shore up and deny the rest of the shot attempts for the night. In the 9th minute Barkov extended the Panthers lead 5-3 and was able to complete his second career hat trick. A handful of baseball caps and rats were thrown prematurely on the ice as the BB&T celebrated the captains hat trick. Riley Sheahan later put the final nail in the coffin in the 17th minute with a great goal giving the Panthers a much deserved 6-3 win at home.
After an amazing performance the ice cats’ captain said “I’m happy, but most importantly we got the two points.” We truly are lucky to have a remarkable young humble talent like Barkov in South Florida and we are sure that he will gift us with plenty of goals in the coming years.
The Panthers will now face the Buffalo Sabres at the BB&T Center on Tuesday at 7PM.