The Panthers take on the Boston Bruins at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY, home of their AHL affiliate Rochester Amercians (puck drop set for just after 7pm).
Unfortunately no one is broadcasting it on television or the radio, so you won't be able to see or hear about most of the vets (including Tomas Vokoun, Stephen Weiss
and David Booth) getting their first action fo the pre-season.
The next best thing is to stay on top of it via twitter. Follow the game via the following twitter feeds @FlaPanthers
for your viewing pleasure. We've included three of them on this page for your viewing pleasure as well. Just refresh every couple of minutes to get the latest from Rochester as we try to keep you up-to-date as best we can.
Also, if you want to follow along live, head over to the Miami Herald's On Frozen Pond as beatwriter George Richards is hosting a live chat
Post First Period UpdateCourtesy amerks.com
The Florida Panthers are currently leading the Boston Bruins 2-1 after one period of play tonight at The Blue Cross Arena. Both teams started their season off with a win and look to keep the momentum going here in Rochester.
It didn’t take long for the teams to get at it. Just over two minutes into the game, Panther Andrew Peters threw punches with Lane McDermid, putting them both in the box for the five minute major.
The Panthers then took a bite at the Bruins, scoring at 8:47 of the first period. Former Amerk David Booth grabbed the rebound from winger Michael Frolik who took the initial shot. After the puck bounced off of goaltender Nolan Schaefer’s pads, Booth slipped the puck by the left post, scoring his first goal of the preseason. Center Steve Reinprecht also picked up his first assist on the play.
Boston answered back late in the first at 14:28 thanks to defenseman Steve Kampfer. Kampfer was fed the puck from winger Michael Ryder, who took the slap shot from the blue line and watched it make its way past traffic in front of the net. Goalie Tomas Vokoun couldn’t stop the puck and let the Bruins even things out.
Florida pounced back and regained the lead less than three minutes later when Booth scored his second goal of the game at 16:57 of the first. Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov passed the puck across the slot to Booth who capitalized on the wide-open net, taking the 2-1 lead.
Both teams have led a quiet offense, combining for only 17 shots on goal.
Post Second Period UpdateCourtesy amerks.com
After a little more than a minute of play, the Panthers jumped ahead to a 3-1 lead at 1:15 of the second stanza. Former Bruin Dennis Wideman completed the power-play goal and his first point of the preseason in front of his old pack. Widemen’s shot finally finished the play after Frolik (0+2) and Center Stephen Weiss both had their own tries on Schaefer.
Rochester American’s goalie Tyler Plante got the go-ahead and was put in goal midway through the second, but faced little offense from the Bruins. Boston added only nine shots on goal throughout the period bringing them to a total of 21 shots on goal.
The Panthers added seven more shots for a two-period total of 16.