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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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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