The Calgary Flames beat the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night 6-0.
The Panthers weren’t ready for 19-year-old center Sam Bennett who had a first-period hat trick and became the third youngest player in NHL history to score four goals in a game.
Heading into Wednesday night, the Flames had one win in their last five home games, compared to the Panthers who recorded a point in 13 straight games. However, the Flames dominated the Panthers from the start.
It took only 56 seconds for the Flames to take the lead as Bennett scored after a crafty pass from left winger Jiri Hudler. Bennett then got his second goal with 7:59 left in the first when the puck slid under Panthers Goalie Robert Luongo. Luongo, replaced by Al Montoya, yielded four goals on 15 shots heading into intermission.
Florida had been the NHL’s hottest team, going 12-0-1 since losing in regulation to Boston on December 12th. But, on Wednesday night, the Panthers ran out of gas and were outshot 36-15 playing their fifth game in nine days.
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) January 14, 2016
For Bennett’s final goal, he deked the puck between his own legs to work around a defender, then poked a shot past Montoya with 25 seconds left in the game.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, head coach Gerard Gallant missed the game last night after his mother passed away. Assistant coach Mike Kelly filled it. Also, Panthers defender Aaron Ekblad was not able to play due to a concussion.
Panther’s forward Jonathan Huberdeau said they have time to regroup before their next game.
The Panther’s will play rival Tampa Bay Lighting on Sunday.