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Panthers fall in Florida Overtime Battle

The Florida Panthers fall 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in overtime at the Germain Arena in Estero.

Friday, 09.27.2013 / 12:57 AM / News
By Adelyn Biedenbach  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers fall in Florida Overtime Battle
A pair of power play goals from Jonathan Huberdeau give the Cats an early lead, but the Panthers fall 3-2 in OT against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

ESTERO,FL—Power plays fueled tonight’s contest as the Florida Panthers traveled to Estero to faceoff against cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Lighting.

Jonathan Huberdeau started off the scoring with a power play goal in the first. Huberdeau would find the back of the net again in the second, giving the Cats a 2-0 lead. Assisted by Tom Gilbert and Brian Campbell, Huberdeau would go on to earn the number star of the game.

However despite the help from the man advantage, an early lead wouldn’t be enough for the Panthers.

Too many men on the ice left the Panthers shorthanded in the second, leading to an answer from Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson. The tying goal came shorthanded from Richard Panik, while Tampa’s Eric Brewer was in the box for slashing.

Neither team able to pull the trigger at the end of the third sent the game into overtime. This was Florida’s fourth overtime of the preseason and second against Tampa Bay this September.

Jacob Markstrom would stop 13 of 15 faced, but not the blast from Nikita Kucherov who sealed the win for the Bolts at 4:55 in the overtime period.

Markstrom played from the middle of the second period on, stepping in on the exhibition match for a goaltender who saw his first ice in a Panthers sweater.

Starting in net for the Panthers was Tim Thomas, who signed a one-year contract with the club this afternoon. Thomas made nine saves on ten shots before being replaced.

“He battles every shift and every practice,” said GM Dale Tallon of Thomas before the game, “It’s a great message to our young players.”

Tonight’s game also saw the return of Kris Versteeg to the line up. Recovering from a knee injury, Versteeg only played in 10 NHL games last season.

In front of a crowd of 3,451, the second to last preseason game for the Panthers was played roughly halfway between Tampa Bay and Sunrise at the Germain Arena, home of the ECHL Florida Everblades.

These two teams meet once again this Saturday, Sept.28 at The BB&T Center. Puck drops at 7 p.m. to round out the preseason.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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