Bruins Rookie Game #2 vs. Florida Panthers
The Bruins scored four goals in the first period, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Florida Panthers who scored five unanswered goals.
Coral Springs, FL - Another hot and humid day in Coral Springs saw the Black & Gold rookies take on the tournament host Florida Panthers in their second game of the three-game exhibition set. After tying the Tampa Bay Lightning rookie squad on Friday, 5-5, the B's set out to earn their first win with many members of the Bruins brass and scouting department on hand, including General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Assistant GM's Jim Benning and Don Sweeney, as well as Head Coach Claude Julien. B's goaltender Adam Morrison was given the start between the pipes opposite Florida goaltender Michael Houser.
Saturday's lines and defensive pairings, per pregame rushes:Florek-Spooner-Knight
The fast-paced first period saw high levels of intensity, which started when Chris Casto dropped the gloves with Florida's Tony Turgeon, who grappled and had a spirited bout before being escorted to their respective penalty boxes. Seconds after the fighting majors were assessed, Zach Trotman connected for his second goal in as many games to give the Bruins and early 1-0 lead. Alexander Khokhlachev doubled the lead, back handing one past Houser with just under 12 minutes remaining in the first period to boost the Black & Gold rookies ahead by two.
With 6:35 remaining in the first frame, Trotman served as a catalyst for a Bruins goal yet again, sending in a shot from just below the blueline that forward Anthony Camara was able to skillfully tip past Houser with the shaft of his stick to make it 3-0 in favor of Boston. Moments after Camara's second goal of the tournament, the gritty winger engaged with Florida's Jonathan Rancine, trading punches, before falling to the ice and being pulled apart by the referees to serve their fighting majors.
The Bruins weren't done scoring in the first, as Jared Knight flipped one in for good measure for his first goal of the tournament, giving Boston a 4-0 advantage heading into the second period.
But the Bruins were unable to hold on to the lead as they surrendered five unanswered goals (three in the second period and two in the third period), including a hat trick from Florida's Nick Bjugstad, to top the B's in the closing minutes of the final period, and handing the Boston rookies their first loss of the tournament.
After the game concluded, both squads had five players skate in an exhibition shootout, in which Providence Head Coach Bruce Cassidy sent Jared Knight, Alexander Khokhlachev, Alex Fallstrom, Ryan Spooner and Matt Lindblad to represent the Bruins with Kohkhlachev, Fallstrom and Spooner all converting on their chances.
Stay tuned to BostonBruins.com and on Twitter @NHLBruins as the B's rookies wrap up their weekend against the Nashville Predators rookie squad. Puck drop is set for 12:00 noon ET at the Saveology.com Iceplex.