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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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 64 22 16 -9 38
J. Huberdeau 61 9 28 3 37
A. Ekblad 64 11 23 7 34
J. Jokinen 63 6 28 -1 34
B. Boyes 62 11 21 8 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 55 17 12 -4 29
B. Campbell 64 3 20 2 23
A. Barkov 53 10 12 -5 22
V. Trocheck 34 5 11 8 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .921 2.37
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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