Reinhart Extends Scoring Streak to 5 Games as Panthers Triumph Over Sharks



Reinhart Extends Scoring Streak to 5 Games as Panthers Triumph Over Sharks

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In a Tuesday night showdown at Amerant Bank Arena, Sam Reinhart showcased his scoring prowess, netting his seventh goal of the season in the Florida Panthers’ 3-1 victory against the struggling San Jose Sharks. Reinhart’s power play goal, coming at 15:23 of the second period, was the tiebreaker, capitalizing on a rebound from Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s powerful shot.

Reinhart, who has now scored in five consecutive games, expressed his satisfaction with his early-season performance, stating, “I don’t think I have ever had a [hot streak] this early in a season, and it is nice… To start like this is nice.”

In the absence of their captain Aleksander Barkov due to illness, the Panthers leaned on Anthony Stolarz, who made an impressive 27 saves. Stolarz, returning to NHL action after a hiatus since February due to an injury with the Anaheim Ducks, exhibited confidence and composure in the high-stakes match.

The Sharks, on the other hand, continue to struggle, suffering their sixth consecutive loss at the start of the season. Fabian Zetterlund managed to put San Jose on the board with a power play goal at 8:30 of the second period, but the lead was short-lived. Carter Verhaeghe swiftly equalized for the Panthers, setting the stage for Kevin Stenlund’s late empty-netter, sealing the 3-1 victory.

Reflecting on the game, Florida coach Paul Maurice emphasized the team’s improved offensive performance, stating, “We were much faster tonight in our offensive game, our attack and trying to drive pucks to the net… That’s a good, NHL win. We are not critiquing the tape.


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