Matthew Tkachuk brought victory to his team in the last moments of the match. The Florida Panthers won 5:4 against the Colorado Avalanche. Florida forward Sam Bennett commented on Tkachuk's performance. "It's huge. Wouldn't expect it from anyone else," -Sam Bennett said talking about Tkachuk for nhl-com.
"He's scored big goals for us all year, and there's just another one." Florida coach Paul Maurice is happy with the fight his team showed. They did not give up until the very end. "I thought we built really well through two [periods].
They had some zone time on us early in the third, [but] I didn't think it was particularly dangerous,"-Paul Maurice said. "Didn't like the two that we gave up, but the next shift out was hard. [Nick] Cousins in on the forecheck, and we kind of righted the ship a little bit after that.
Big power-play goal at the end. We've just had a whole bunch of games this year, to be honest with you, that I don't think it was a particularly-just result. I'm happy. I'm happy for them. They battled for it."
Colorado coach Jared Bednar emphasized that his team did not show fight during the entire match.
In some moments, they totally lost their concentration, which cost them in the end. "We didn't play well enough for 40 minutes, in my opinion. It's just not good enough," -Jared Bednar said. "I think we get some shooting luck and more intensity to our game in our third and it starts to turn around for us, but it wasn't there.
Didn't manage the puck good in the first. Didn't like the way we checked in the second." Montour commented on his goal for 2:0. "'Benny' came back, back-checked pretty good, made a good play in our own end," Montour said. Me and [Marc Staal] both jumped in there.
Saw an odd man rush, and Carter [Verhaeghe] gave it to me in the slot and it's nice to get that one."