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Sam Reinhart Shines Despite Panthers Game 5 Loss to Bruins

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During the Florida Panthers’ Game 4 victory against the Boston Bruins, Sam Reinhart had a tough moment. In the third period, he got hit in the face by a puck. It was so bad that he had to leave the game early. Panthers coach Paul Maurice said Reinhart was bleeding a lot when he left the ice.

Despite taking a puck to the face in Game 4, Sam Reinhart didn’t let it keep him down for long. After getting some cosmetic work done, he quickly returned to the ice for Game 5 without missing any playing time. And he didn’t show any signs of slowing down, performing just as well as before the injury.

Sam Reinhart, despite getting hit in the face with a puck, brushed off the injury, saying, “I don’t think a lip has slowed anybody down.” The 28 year-old forward proved his resilience in the following game against the Bruins.

Florida Panthers center Sam Reinhart-13 smiles after scoring a goal during the second period of Game 5 of a second round Stanley Cup Playoff series on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.
Florida Panthers center Sam Reinhart-13 smiles after scoring a goal during the second period of Game 5 of a second round. Stanley Cup Playoff series on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.

As the Panthers’ 2-1 loss, Reinhart stood out as one of the team’s highlights. He scored Florida’s lone goal with a wrist shot from the slot early in the second period. This goal came after the Panthers created some chaos in front of the Bruins’ net, showcasing Reinhart’s skill and determination.

In Tuesday’s game against the Bruins, Reinhart demonstrated his offensive prowess by leading the game with eight shots on goal and creating 10 scoring chances. Despite the Panthers’ efforts, they fell short in the dying seconds. Reinhart came close to tying the game but ultimately stopped by Boston goaltender Jeremy Swayman.

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Coach Maurice praised Reinhart’s performance, highlighting his exceptional blend of skills required in hockey. He emphasized Reinhart’s ability to excel in tough situations and praised his impressive hand skills, particularly in crowded areas on the ice.

Maurice emphasized that Reinhart isn’t just an offensive player he’s strong defensively as well. Despite not getting the recognition due to the outcome of the game, Maurice acknowledged Reinhart’s outstanding contributions and the high quality plays he made throughout the game.

Reinhart’s impressive performance is consistent with his track record. He ended the regular season ranking second in the NHL with 57 goals. In the playoffs, he has already added five more goals to his tally.

Together, his total of 62 goals, combining regular season and playoff goals, marks a historic achievement for the franchise, setting a new record for the most goals scored in a single season.

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Maurice Addresses Goalkeeper Interference Concerns:

Once again in this series, a crucial goal disputed for the second consecutive game. However, after review, the initial call stood, leading to much debate among fans and commentators.

During Game 4 on Sunday, the Bruins contested Sam Bennett‘s goal, which tied the game early in the third period, alleging goaltender interference. Despite the challenge, the NHL situation room upheld the original call, allowing the goal to stand. Shortly after, Aleksander Barkov netted the game winning goal approximately four minutes later.

In Game 5 on Tuesday, the Florida Panthers challenged Charlie McAvoy’s go-ahead goal against Sergei Bobrovsky in the second period, alleging goaltender interference. However, despite the challenge, the officials ruled that there was no interference, and the goal stood.

Maurice believed there was a slight bump that affected the play. He pointed out the distinction between a clean shot and a rebound shot, highlighting the importance of considering each situation separately.

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In this case, he felt McAvoy’s presence in the crease disrupted Bobrovsky’s ability to get set. Potentially influencing the outcome of the play.

Maurice expressed his willingness to accept being wrong about the call, stating that he’d rather be upfront and involved in the decision making process. He emphasized the importance of actively engaged. Even if it means admitting a mistake.

Here are some key points about the Florida Panthers’ recent performance.

  • The Panthers have been strong on the penalty kill, as they have not allowed a power-play goal in five of their last six games. In this span, they have successfully killed off 16 of 17 penalties.
  • In close games this postseason, the Panthers have excelled, boasting a 3-1 record in games decided by just one goal.
  • Among playoff teams, the Panthers stand out for their balanced scoring. They are the only team to have three players with at least five goals each. Carter Verhaeghe leads the way with six goals, while both Sam Reinhart and Aleksander Barkov have contributed five goals apiece.
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