The Florida Panthers had an offensive explosion in Thursday’s 9-5 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The crew set a brand new franchise document with a whopping seven targets within the first interval. Florida’s earlier document for targets in a interval got here on April 5, 2000 after they scored six occasions towards the Boston Bruins within the second interval of that contest.
The Panthers had six completely different purpose scorers within the opening interval, however have been paced by ahead Carter Verhaeghe. The groups exchanged targets all through the opening interval till the Panthers took a 4-3 lead, because of a purpose from defenseman Aaron Ekblad and by no means regarded again after that.
Between the 2 groups, seven targets have been scored within the first 10 minutes of the sport.
Florida additionally grew to become simply the fourth completely different crew in NHL historical past to document a seven-goal opening interval. The Panthers joined the Canadiens (eight targets on March 8, 1922 and March 10, 1951), Montreal Maroons (seven targets on Jan. 11, 1938) and the Hartford Whalers (seven targets on Oct. 19, 1985) as the one groups to perform the feat.
In addition, there have been solely two different video games in NHL historical past by which groups mixed to attain 10 targets in a gap interval. It occurred on Oct. 26, 1982 between the Buffalo Sabres and Canadiens and on Jan. 16, 1987 in a contest between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks.
When it was all mentioned and achieved, the Panthers and Canadiens produced 14 mixed targets, which have been netted by 12 completely different purpose scorers. Panthers star winger Matthew Tkachuk led the best way with a purpose and three assists whereas Ekblad and Verhaeghe every added two targets apiece to tempo the offensive effort.
With his three-assist efficiency, Tkachuk additionally grew to become simply the third participant in Panthers historical past to document 60 assists in a single season on an evening the place his crew made a ton of historical past.