Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck put on a bit of a show last night as the Panthers defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in the shootout. Trocheck, who has three goals and one assist in 11 games this season, tallied one of Florida’s two regulation goals during the contest. But he saved the best for last when he deked Senators goalie Robin Lehner out of his skates during his shootout attempt to help seal the deal for the Panthers.
In his first career NHL shootout attempt, Trocheck comes in at a quick pace before putting on the brakes as he nears Lehner. He dips his shoulder to fake shot before making a quick backhand-forehand deke and then slides the puck past Lehner into a wide open net.
The 20-year old Trocheck was Florida’s third round pick (64th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He has 16 goals and 25 assists in 54 games with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL this season. Last year, Trocheck scored a combined 50 goals and 59 assists in 63 games split between the Saginaw Spirit and Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.