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Top 10 Panthers Goals from 2015-16

by Jameson Olive / Florida Panthers
It was a good year to be a goal scorer in South Florida.

The Florida Panthers finished the regular season with four 25-goal scorers for the first time in franchise history, scoring an average of 2.83 goals per game for the league’s eighth-ranked offense.

Of the 28 skaters that competed in at least 10 games for the Panthers this season, 11 set new career highs in goals, including Vincent Trocheck (25), Aleksander Barkov (28), Reilly Smith (25), Aaron Ekblad (15) and Jonathan Huberdeau (20).

Whether it was the result of a dazzling deke or a few deft passes, the Panthers offense never failed to bring fans to the edge of their seats while creating consistent chaos in front of opposing goaltenders throughout their 2015-16 campaign.

With that in mind, here are 10 goals from this past season that are definitely deserving of another look:

10. April 20, 2016:
Alex Petrovic gets Islanders forward Alan Quine to bite on subtle fake, then fires a wrist shot past goaltender Thomas Greiss for what would eventually prove to be the game-winning goal in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

9. March 26, 2016: Vincent Trocheck skates down the left side of the ice and whips a blistering wrist shot over the shoulder of Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for his 25th goal of the season.

8. Feb. 20, 2016:
In a display of power that somehow looked effortless, Reilly Smith takes a pass from Jussi Jokinen and rips a shot off the crossbar and past Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner in for his 17th goal of the season.

7. March 3, 2016: With a head full of steam, Vincent Trocheck outskates Bruins forward Loui Eriksson at center ice, creating enough space to fire a shot off the cross bar and past goaltender Tuukka Rask for a shorthanded goal that would prove to be the eventual game winner.

6. Dec. 8, 2015: On a 2-on-1 break, Logan Shaw decides to take care of business himself, blasting a huge slap shot past Senators goaltender Craig Anderson for his first NHL goal.

5. Nov. 27, 2015: Aleksander Barkov breaks out his signature Forsberg-style shootout move to easily beat Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak in the skills competition.

4. Nov. 27, 2015: After winning a faceoff in the offensive zone, Vincent Trocheck is taken down behind New York’s net, but somehow still manages to send an nifty pass to Jussi Jokinen, who beats Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

3. Nov. 4, 2015: I like to call this one “The Double Drop.” The play begins when Derek MacKenzie connects with Quinton Howden on a drop pass in front of Anaheim’s net. Howden, however, decides to pass on the scoring the opportunity in favor of sending a second drop pass to Rocco Grimaldi, who caps off the beautiful sequence by scoring on goaltender Frederik Andersen.

2. Dec. 20, 2015: Aleskander Barkov takes a couple of strides and plays the puck off his left skate before regaining control, freezing goaltender Jacob Markstrom just long enough to pull the puck back to his backhand and lift it under the crossbar, sealing a 5-4 win over the Canucks in the shootout.

1. Feb. 20, 2016: Jaromir Jagr finds a loose puck and smacks in a wrister for his 742nd career goal, putting him ahead of Brett Hull for third on the NHL's all-time list.

What was your favorite goal of the season? Let us know!

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