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Freshmen Fun: Panthers vs. Predators Rookie Game 1 ... NSH 5, FLA 0 (FINAL)

RookiesWelcome to the Coral Springs IcePlex where the Florida Panthers welcome the Nashville Predators in a rookie game.

The two teams meet up again Thursday at noon. Admission appears to be free.

Marc Cheverie is in net.

-- Nashville takes a 1-0 lead on the first shot of the night, Ryan Ellis whipping a shot from 30 feet away past 'Sawgrass' Chevy.

Just a few moments later, the first fight broke out, with Florida's Chris Clackson battling it out with Ryan Flynn. The two may have a history: Clackson played at Western Michigan last season, Flynn was a Golden Gopher.

Those two teams did not play last year, but who knows....

-- Old pal Martin Gelinas (now the director of player development for the Preds) is here and says hello.

Stanley Steve Goldstein and Billy Lindsay are also here. They decline comment on the group hellos. "I have to know the person to say hello and really mean it,'' Goldie didn't say.

-- NASHVILLE makes it 2-0 on a Taylor Beck power play goal at 3:50 of the first period.

-- Erik Gudbranson just manhandled Beck, tossing him to the ground. He's going to the box to sit by himself. Don't know if he feels shame. NSH power play @ 8:52.

-- The Chevy has warmed up: Cheverie playing very strong in net right now -- and he's getting bumrushed. Welcome to Florida.

-- If they told Gudbranson he needs to play physical, he got the message.

--Still 2-0, 4:50 left in the 1st...

END OF FIRST -- NASHVILLE 2, PANTHERS 0 -- STATS COMING UP NEXT!

Shots: NSH 21, FLA 8

PP: NSH 1-2; FLA 0-1

Goals: NSH Ryan Ellis (U) 1:17; NSH Taylor Beck (Ellis, Blake Geoffrion) 3:50

Goalies: NSH Chet Pickard 8-8; FLA Marc Cheverie 19-21

START OF SECOND -- START OF SECOND -- START OF SECOND

-- Same goalies in for the second...

-- NSH makes it 3-0 as Beck gets his second of the night. Both teams switch goalies.

-- Cheverie gave up three goals on 26 shots; Brian Foster took over just after the halfway mark of the second.

NSH counters with Anders Lindback...

END OF TWO -- END OF TWO -- END OF TWO

Still NSH 3-0....stats in a moment...Marlins are losing to PHL 6-1 for those who care....

Shots: NSH 30, FLA 21

PP: NSH 2-3; FLA 0-2

Goals: NSH Ryan Ellis (U) 1:17 1st; NSH Taylor Beck (Ellis, Blake Geoffrion) 3:50 1st; NSH Beck (Geoffrion, Chris Mueller) 8:09 2nd

Goalies: NSH Chet Pickard 16-16, NSH Anders Lindback 5-5; FLA Marc Cheverie 23-26, FLA Brian Foster 4-4

START OF THIRD -- START OF THIRD -- START OF THIRD

-- NSH makes it 4-0; Michael Latta with a goal at 2:22 of the period....

-- SCARY MOMENT: Preds Linus Klasen knocked out in the slot, apparently by Chris Clackson...he seems to be OK, sitting up and moving around...team docs from both teams attending to him...

-- Blake Geoffrion now has a goal with two assists as the Plantation native makes it 5-0 for the Preds...time winding down (thank goodness)....

-- It's a FINAL --- Stats when I get them, eh....

-- In the bonus exhibition shootout, Panthers lose 2-1..five shots for both teams....

Panthers get goal from John McFarland; NSH gets goals from Austin Watson and Mark Santorelli...

-- Don't forget, we'll be back here tomorrow at noon Miami Time for the second game in this preseason rookie classic. You can find us on Twitter (@OnFrozenPond) or become a friend of the fan page at Facebook (On Frozen Pond) or just come on up to the Breakaway Bar & Grill atop the Iceology.com Plex and say hello....

 

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