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Panthers Wrap-Up: Jets 3, Panthers 2 (OT)

Panthers take a point as Jets score late power play overtime winner.

Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 11:15 PM / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  -
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Jets 3, Panthers 2 (OT)
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 1 0 0 2
Jets 0 2 0 1 3
FLA - J. Huberdeau (3), T. Fleischmann (3)
WPG - B. Wheeler (4), M. Stuart (1), PP - B. Little (2)

WINNIPEG — When the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets met last week in South Florida, the Panthers overtook the Jets in the third period to snap a losing streak. In the return engagement, Winnipeg overcame two deficits and before scoring a power-play with 15.2 seconds left in overtime to beat the Panthers 3-2 Tuesday night at MTS Centre, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Winnipeg's Evander Kane forced Panthers defenseman Filip Kuba to take him down during a rush with 2:10 left in OT. After a slow start on the man-advantage, Winnipeg's Bryan Little took a feed from Zach Redmond, moved into the high slot and ripped a glove-side shot high past Florida goaltender Scott Clemmensen..

"No we're not satisfied. We felt we could have gotten the two points. I thought we played a fairly solid road game. I think we did a lot of good things."

- Head Coach Kevin Dineen.
1. One For The Highlights: The Panthers worked a perfect road period to begin the period. They limited the Jets to just three shots on net in the opening 20 and held the lead going into the first intermission thanks to a strong play from their two rookies. Drew Shore picked up the puck from his own zone, skated around a Jets forward, deked a Jets defenseman in front of the net and put a shot on Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. Crashing the net, Jonathan Huberdeau followed up on the play to record his third goal of the season. It was a veteran play by the 22 and 19 year olds, something that Panthers fans are dreaming of see for quite a while in Florida.

2. Punch, Counter-Punch: The two offenses got going in the second and it started early. Winnipeg's first would come off an unfortunate deflection to knot the game at one. With the Panthers changing, Blake Wheeler streaked up the left side of the ice and fired a shot just inside the Panthers blueline. Attempting to get back on defense, Keaton Ellerby got his blade on the puck right at the beginning of the shot and it changed enough to fool Scott Clemmensen 2:28 in. Tomas Fleischmann would quickly give the Panthers the lead again 1:24 later as he scored from just inside the blueline that beat traffic. The hosts scored on a similar play as Mark Stuart's shot from inside the blueline found it's way past Clemmensen with 7:39 to play in the period.

3. A Tough Ending: With nothing happening in the third period despite a power play for each side and just a combined eight shots, the teams each earned a point. For Florida, it was their first extra session game of the season and they were looking for a third straight game. It wasn't meant to be as the Panthers gave the Jets a fourth power play of the game and they made them pay for the first time. Defenseman Filip Kuba was whistled for tripping with 2:10 left to play. With a lot of room playing four-on-three, the Jets tried to get set up but the Panthers killers made a valiant effort at killing it off. Forwards Stephen Weiss, Tomas Kopecky and Marcel Goc were extremely effective in killing off the majority of the penalty. Not all however as Bryan Little took the feed from Zach Redmond after entering the zone and fired a shot top shelf on Clemmensen with 15.2 seconds remaining, just six seconds left in the man advantage. It was definitely a tough ending to a game that looked so well as the Panthers limited the Jets chances all night.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@corradino48: Good work tonight boys. Not the outcome we would of liked but got a point. Great effort and hard work #wegotthis #FlaPanthers @FlaPanthers

@Jess_Drumm: Sadness @FlaPanthers Awesome effort! #proudfan

@ColeSlaw_: So so so close to that power kill.... Still a good game from the @FlaPanthers ill take that point

@MEisenberg640: What a gutwrenching loss by the @FlaPanthers.

@lourdes_g: Great game by the #FlaPanthers! OT loss but they’re playing with more energy!

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Stefano Paz: I felt like we would've had it if it werent for that OT penalty. The Panthers seem to be playing better though! Glad we got that MUCH needed point too!

Jay Brandt: Tough loss, but we played well, getting healthy is helping. Go get em in Philly Thursday. A valuable point. GO CATS GO!!!!!!

Kenny Walker: great game though, good sign that the team is coming back strong

Amit Persad: So close so close so closeeeee!!! But we gettin there!!! Dont give up fellas...

Enrique Escarra Jr.: At least we get a point out of this! Damn..that hurts..15.2 seconds!!

2. Florida did a masterful job limiting the Jets shots on net. In fact, they allowed just two shots in the third period. Looking at it, they fired two shots, including the winner, in less than five minutes of play in the third period.

3. Both Panthers scorers recorded their thirds of the season. First it was forward Jonathan Huberdeau in the first period. Then it was Tomas Fleischmann who moved to within two of 100 career goals.

4. Center Drew Shore finished with a game-high four shots while defenseman Mike Weaver also had a game-high of four, that in blocked shots.

6, 15.2. So close to killing off the fourth and final Jets power play chance but the Jets scored with six seconds left in the man advantage and 15.2 seconds remaining in overtime to take the extra point.

67. It was a tough day in the face-off circle as the Panthers as a team only won 41% of the face-offs (18-of-44). One bright spot was Stephen Weiss who won 67% of his draws, going 10-5 in the circle.

Zach Redmond
The rookie defenseman had a nice game for himself, setting up the goal that tied the game at two and then springing Brad Little for the game-winner in overtime.

 2 Assists, 2 Points, 20:53 TOI
While their winning streak was stopped at two, the Panthers will take a three-game point streak into Philadelphia for the third game on this four game road trip. Florida will look to avenge their 7-1 beating in Sunrise on Jan. 26 on Thursday. Philadelphia won their fourth game of the season as they won 2-1 over Tampa Bay thanks to the efforts of Tom Sestito. The Flyers are led offensively by forward Matt Read (3-4-7 in 10 games) and Claude Giroux (3-3-6).

Author: Glenn Odebralski |





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