(Video) First NHL Goal: Grimaldi nets first of two last-minute Panthers’ goals

By Ken McKenna
Rocco Grimaldi - Florida Panthers

Photo: Florida Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi played in two leagues in one day last week, playing an early game in the AHL for the San Antonio Rampage, then suiting up for the Panthers in a game against the Los Angeles Kings (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon Sportswire)


Florida Panthers rookie forward Rocco Grimaldi set the stage for his team’s late comeback against the Nashville Predators, scoring his first NHL goal in what ended up being a 3-2 shootout loss for the Panthers.

With 43 seconds left in the third period and the Predators leading 2-0, Grimaldi wasted no time in firing home a rebound of a Brian Campbell shot to make the score 2-1. Just 12 seconds later, Nick Bjugstad sent the game to overtime with the game-tying goal.

Last season, Grimaldi wrapped up his NCAA career with the University of North Dakota, scoring 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points in 42 games. He has split time between the Panthers and AHL‘s San Antonio Rampage so far this season, posting three goals and three assists for the Rampage. Grimaldi’s first NHL goal was also his first NHL point.