Sam Reinhart Becomes the Second Player in Panthers’ History to Reach 50 Goals

Florida Panthers' Sam Reinhart in January 2022
Florida Panthers' Sam Reinhart in January 2022. Photo by Canadian Press/Shutterstock (12770972o)

The Florida Panthers’ winger Sam Reinhart had a lot of reasons to celebrate his two goals in a 1-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. The Panthers not only snapped a four-game losing streak, but Reinhart also became the second player in franchise history to score 50 goals.

Reinhart has been having an outstanding 2023-24 campaign, reaching the 50-goal mark in 71 games while also adding 33 assists for a career-high 84 points. He never scored more than 33 goals since making his NHL debut in 2014-15.

“Very cool,” Reinhart said after the game. “It’s obviously a number I’ve never really thought about.”

The only other Panthers player to score 50 goals was Pavel Bure, who did it twice. Bure had 58 goals in 1999-00 and 59 goals in 2000-01.

“Such a rare thing in a player’s career,” Panthers’ head coach Paul Maurice said of Reinhart’s achievement. “That puts you in elite class. There are very few people’s names who score 50 that you don’t know. They’re superstars. We’re just so fortunate to have him.”

Sam Reinhart spent the first seven years of his career with the Buffalo Sabres before being traded to the Panthers ahead of the 2021–22 season. Reinhart, who earned his first All-Star nod in 2023-24, is currently in the final year of his three-year, $19.5 million contract.

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