CAR
33-33-16
FLA
38-26-18
OT
26 SOG
25 SOG

Panthers 3, Hurricanes 2, OT

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - The points just keep coming for the Florida Panthers, especially on home ice.

Kris Versteeg scored 3:08 into overtime, giving the Panthers a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday night.

Stephen Weiss' shot from in front was blocked, but Versteeg found the loose puck and swept it in from the left side of the crease for his team-leading 16th goal of the season.

Sean Bergenheim and Jason Garrison also scored for Florida, and Jose Theodore made 24 saves. The Panthers have earned at least one point in eight straight home games, and their last 12 contests on their rink have been decided by one goal. The Panthers stretched their lead in the Southeast Division to eight points, tied with Boston for the largest edge in the NHL.

Tim Gleason and Chad LaRose had goals for the Hurricanes, who got 23 saves from Cam Ward. Carolina has lost 10 of 12, but earned points in four of the past five.

"When you go on the road and you play that well and you play a team that hasn't hardly lost in their rink, you've got to find ways to pick up a win," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. "The next step we have to do is win these games."

Florida tied it 2-2 on Garrison's power-play goal in the third period. Garrison's shot from the point hit Ward's pads and trickled into the net at 5:47.

Carolina had taken a 2-1 lead at 13:45 of the second. LaRose got the puck away from Versteeg as he brought it out from behind the net, and his wrister from the left circle went over Theodore's right shoulder.

"After the giving the puck away in the second, you feel shamed. It doesn't feel good but you always try to come back and help the team however you can," Versteeg said. "Great goaltending, and it was just a fortunate play at the end."

Florida had a sluggish second period, managing just four shots on goal.

"We were skating in mud during the second period," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "They (Carolina) had a lot of energy and we weren't able to match that."

The Hurricanes had only two shots in the third period.

"There's a lot of things we have to work on and we have to play a complete sixty and finish out games," LaRose said.

The Panthers went ahead 1-0 on Bergenheim's first-period goal. Ed Jovanovski's shot went off the end boards and bounced out to Bergenheim, whose shot beat Ward at 4:16. It was Bergenheim's third goal in two games and fifth in nine contests. Jovanovski, who finished with two assists, had gone 16 games without a point.

The Hurricanes tied it at 1 when Gleason scored at 18:38 with a wrist shot from above the left circle that went between Theodore's pads. It was Gleason's first goal since Nov. 17, 2010 - a span of 97 games.

"I got the puck to the net. I guess it went in finally for once," Gleason said.

NOTES: Panthers 30-year-old center Greg Rallo was called up from San Antonio of the AHL on Saturday and made his NHL debut. Rallo is the second 30-year-old player to debut with the Panthers this season. Bracken Kearns played his first NHL game on Oct. 20 against Buffalo. ... Bergenheim left the game in the second period because of a lower body injury and didn't return. ... D Erik Gudbranson returned to the Panthers lineup after missing two games with a lower body injury. ... Hurricanes C Jeff Skinner, the team's leading scorer, missed his fourth straight game because of a concussion.

1st2nd3rdOTT
CAR
FLA
Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:16FLA Sean Bergenheim (7) ASST: Shawn Matthias (8), Ed Jovanovski (4) 1 - 0 FLA
18:38CAR Tim Gleason (1) ASST: Jamie McBain (10), Tuomo Ruutu (8) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
13:45CAR Chad LaRose (9) ASST: NONE 2 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
05:47FLA PPG - Jason Garrison (10) ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (5), Ed Jovanovski (5) 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
03:08FLA Kris Versteeg (16) ASST: Stephen Weiss (21), Brian Campbell (23) 3 - 2 FLA
Three Stars of the Game
Kris Versteeg
1st
Kris Versteeg
RW
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 22:43
Jason Garrison
2nd
Jason Garrison
D
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 22:23
Chad LaRose
3rd
Chad LaRose
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 21:03
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:39CAR Alexei Ponikarovsky  Tripping against  Mike Weaver
06:57FLA Mikael Samuelsson  Hooking against  Chad LaRose
2nd Period
05:45FLA Stephen Weiss  Hi-sticking against  Jamie McBain
3rd Period
05:06CAR Bryan Allen  Kneeing against  Tomas Fleischmann
06:44CAR Jussi Jokinen  Boarding against  Kris Versteeg
13:33FLA Kris Versteeg  Slashing against  Chad LaRose
OT Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodCARFLA
1st78
2nd164
3rd210
OT13
Total2625
Team Stats
CategoryCARFLA
Power Plays0/31/3
Hits2129
Faceoff Wins4027
Giveaways28
Takeaways59
Blocked Shots1318
Penalty Minutes66
  • CAROLINA
  • FLORIDA
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4J. McBainD0100024:26
5B. AllenD0004219:09
6T. GleasonD1012025:12
8J. SpacekD00-11017:30
12E. StaalC0005023:42
13A. StewartR000003:26
14A. NodlR00-1004:48
15T. RuutuL0103018:04
16B. SutterC0002017:51
19J. TlustyL0000013:28
21D. BowmanL0011019:43
23A. PonikarovskyL0010217:09
28J. FaulkD0001020:01
36J. JokinenL0003218:57
37T. BrentC000007:41
39P. DwyerR0000015:43
44J. HarrisonD0000019:58
59C. LaRoseR1004021:03
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30C. Ward2225.88063:08
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
7D. KulikovD0012024:59
9S. WeissC0100222:33
13M. SantorelliC0002011:06
14T. FleischmannL00-13021:36
16M. SturmL00-13016:24
18S. MatthiasC0112021:18
20S. BergenheimL101307:17
21K. BarchR000004:29
22M. BradleyR00-10012:06
26M. SamuelssonR0112219:11
32K. VersteegL1002222:43
37G. RalloC000103:31
43M. WeaverD0012025:08
44E. GudbransonD0000012:19
51B. CampbellD0100022:56
52J. GarrisonD10-11022:23
55E. JovanovskiD02-11018:31
82T. KopeckyR00-11018:02
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
60J. Theodore2426.92363:08