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Panthers Wrap-Up: Oilers 4, Panthers 3 (OT)

Upshall's two third period goals forces overtime but Oilers win it with power play goal.

Tuesday, 11.5.2013 / 11:14 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Oilers 4, Panthers 3 (OT)
Tue
11/5/2013
3-4
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 0 2 0 3
OIlers 1 2 0 1 4
FLA - M. Goc (4), S. Upshall (1), S. Upshall (2)
EDM - P. Larsen (1), M. Arcobello (1), T. Fedun (1), M. Arcobello (2)
  
   

SUNRISE, FLA —  (NHL.com) - Mark Arcobello's second goal of the game 1:55 into overtime gave the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 victory against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Arcobello, who in the second period scored his first NHL goal, connected in overtime on a power play when he one-timed a pass from Ales Hemsky past goalie Jacob Markstrom..

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"We're not even a quarter of a way through the season but there has to be a sense of desperation in our play, a confidence, a major push to give the effort every minute on the ice. It seems we get behind before the engines start revving. We need to start in first and floor it. We need to set the tone. This has to change."

- Head coach Kevin Dineen.
 
1. On The Board First: Looking to get back in the win column, the Panthers couldn't have asked for a better start to the game. They kept the Oilers pinned in their own zone for large amounts of time and were rewarded on the rush with about 10 minutes gone in the opening period. There, Marcel Goc charged into the zone on a line change and Jonathan Huberdeau found the wide-open forward. Goc took the feed and fired a snapshot over Devan Dubnyk's glove with 10:35 gone in the opening period.

2. Quick Strike Firsts: Unfortunately a good start couldn't keep the Panthers going as the Oilers would tie it before the period ended with defenseman Philip Larsen's first of the season off the rush and feed from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with 3:01 to play. Then in the second period, it took Edmonton all of 33 seconds to go up two goals. Both goals were first career NHL goals. First it was Mark Arcobello scoring 2:06 on a rush up the left side of the ice as he scored just above the goal line top shelf on Jacob Markstrom. Then, playing in his first NHL game, defenseman Taylor Fedun scored off the cross-ice pass from Nugent-Hopkins off the rush for a 3-1 Edmonton lead, silencing the home crowd.

3. Upshall Ties It But Cats Get One: Heading into the third and trailing by two, the Panthers found themselves in a familiar situation. Entering the game, Florida had forced overtime when trailing in the third period in four of their last six games. Make that five of seven thanks to Scottie Upshall's first two goals of the season. His first off the feed from Jesse Winchester with 10:04 gone in the third brought the Cats to within one. With Markstrom off for an extra attacker, Upshall knotted the game with 57 seconds remaining on a slapshot top shelf. Unfortunately the forward was on the other side of the heroics. Sent off 32 seconds into overtime for tripping Nugent-Hopkins, Upshall was in the box when Arcobello took a feed from Ales Hemsky to fire a shot past Markstrom with 1:55 off the clock.  
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@amberlyrose: @ScottieUpshall you owned the game!! Congrats on your first this season, keep it up, we need it. Go @FlaPanthers

@Winklahh_: I have two tests tomorrow that I didn't study for so I could go to see the @FlaPanthers. Dedication?

@darthyvbc10: @ScottieUpshall Made my little sister cry, she was so happy he scored that second goal! @FlaPanthers #GoCats

@BigOShow: Great comeback by the @FlaPanthers sadly the boyz couldn't finish it falling short in OT 4-3. Next up Thursday at @NHLBruins

@Jsalanch_52: Rough one for the cats, way to battle @FlaPanthers

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Pat Lammer: Gave up to many odd-man rushes early.

Santino DiLillo: Sigh. Of course.

John Barlak: Another loss is another loss.
 

1. Three of the Oilers four goals were the first of the season. In fact two of them (Mark Arcobello and Taylor Fedun) were their first goals of their NHL careers. Philip Larsen got the scoring started for Edmonton with his first of the season to tie the game at one.

2. Two Panthers players finished with multi-point games. Scottie Upshall netted his first career multi-goal game in a Panthers uniform. The last time he had a multi-goal game came at home on Jan. 25, 2011 while playing for Phoenix, ironically also against Edmonton. Marcel Goc picked up his second multi-point game (1-1-2), his first since the season opener on Oct. 3.

12. Both teams were credited with 12 blocked shots on the night. Florida had five players finish with two blocked shots each while Larsen had four for Edmonton.

67. Center Shawn Matthias led the way in the face-off dot for Florida, winning eight of his 12 draws for a 67% success rate.

83. A physical game between the two teams Tuesday night, Florida and Edmonton combined for 83 hits with the Panthers finishing one hit better than the Oilers (42-41). Leading the way for Florida was defenseman Erik Gudbranson with seven hits.

 
Mark Arcobello
A great game to net the first two goals of his NHL career. The first gave Edmonton a 2-1 lead early in the second and his second gave them the extra point with the power play goal in overtime.

31 Shots, 31 Saves, 1.000 SV%
 
 
Florida now hits the road for a three-game road trip to the Northeast. They'll play three games in four nights beginning Thursday in Boston. After playing the reigning Eastern Conference Champions, they'll play Saturday in Ottawa and Sunday in New York against the Rangers. In Thursday's tilt, they'll look to avenge a late last minute loss to the Bruins suffered on Oct. 17 at the BB&T Center. Boston, like Florida, also picked up a point on Tuesday night as they fell 3-2 in the shootout to the Stars. They're led offensively by David Krejci (14 points in 14 games) and Milan Lucic (13 points in 14 games). The Bruins have an 8-5-1 record for 17 points in 14 games.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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J. Huberdeau 52 10 27 10 37
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V. Trocheck 52 17 16 4 33
R. Smith 52 16 15 11 31
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