Oilers 2, Panthers 1, SO

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins guessed right against Jose Theodore in the fourth round of a shootout.

Nugent-Hopkins beat Theodore with a backhander for the only shootout goal in the Oilers' 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

"Most of the guys went to his glove side," Nugent-Hopkins said. "I just went down there and saw the backhand was going to possibly be open, so I just tried it."

Ryan Jones scored in regulation for the Oilers, and Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves.

The Panthers had a chance to win in the final seconds of overtime. Kris Versteeg had a shot from in front, but Dubnyk stopped the puck on the goal line, pinning it against the post with his left skate.

"He made the move and I was kind of stuck and I couldn't really recover without pulling my leg off the post so I kind of had to just sit there," Dubnyk said. "Obviously, I got lucky with it going across the line there."

Versteeg, who returned March 17 after missing nine games with an injury, hasn't scored a goal since Feb. 12 against the Islanders.

"When you're playing that bad, it doesn't really matter. You're not going to get the bounces," Versteeg said. "It was on the line. It almost went in."

Jason Garrison scored for the Panthers, and Theodore stopped 20 shots.

The Southeast Division-leading Panthers remained four points ahead of Washington.

The Panthers had their five-game home winning streak snapped. Florida has dropped four straight at home against Edmonton since beating the Oilers on March 8, 2002.

"There's no shortcuts right now. We're looking to maybe take a little easier path, to try and take the highway instead of the dirt road and that's just not going to happen this time of year," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "That's a very disappointing loss for our team."

Jones opened the scoring in the second period. Nugent-Hopkins grabbed a loose puck in the Panthers' zone and brought it down the ice. He passed to Jordan Eberle at the top of the right circle, who passed to Jones to the left of the crease. Jones' slap shot went past Theodore at 1:37.

The Panthers tied it at 4:58. Tomas Fleischmann passed from the high slot to Garrison in the left circle and Garrison beat Dubnyk on the glove side. With the goal, Garrison broke the Panthers' franchise record for goals in a season by a defenseman with 16. Garrison shared the previous record of 15 with Jay Bouwmeester 2008-09 and 2007-08, and Bryan McCabe 2008-09.

"It was one of those games that whoever made the last mistake might have cost them the game," Oilers coach Tom Renney said.

Notes: Florida D Brian Campbell played in his 700th NHL game. ... Edmonton LW Taylor Hall missed his fourth game since sustaining a concussion after being knocked unconscious against Calgary on March 16. ... The game was the only meeting of the season between the teams.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
01:37EDM Ryan Jones (16) ASST: Jordan Eberle (39), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (29) 1 - 0 EDM
04:58FLA Jason Garrison (16) ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (31), Stephen Weiss (36) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
1FLAMikael Samuelsson - Save
2EDMSam Gagner - Save
3FLAWojtek Wolski - Missed
4EDMJordan Eberle - Save
5FLADmitry Kulikov - Missed
6EDMAles Hemsky - Save
7FLAStephen Weiss - Save
8EDMRyan Nugent-Hopkins - Goal
Shootout Summary
RNDFlorida PanthersEdmonton Oilers
1Mikael SamuelssonSam Gagner
2Wojtek WolskiJordan Eberle
3Dmitry KulikovAles Hemsky
4Stephen WeissRyan Nugent-Hopkins
Three Stars of the Game
Devan Dubnyk
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 27TOI: 65:00
GA: 1EV: 22-23
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .963SH: 0-0
Jason Garrison
Jason Garrison
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 25:17
Jose Theodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 21TOI: 65:00
GA: 1EV: 18-19
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: .952SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:24EDM Ales Hemsky  Holding against  Mikael Samuelsson
13:21FLA Dmitry Kulikov  Hooking against  Ryan Smyth
18:00EDM Linus Omark  Holding against  Mikael Samuelsson
2nd Period
3rd Period
04:28EDM Teemu Hartikainen  Too many men/ice - bench
09:02EDM Linus Omark  Hooking against  Tomas Kopecky
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/10/4
Faceoff Wins2428
Blocked Shots1812
Penalty Minutes82
5L. SmidD00-10024:25
6R. WhitneyD0011020:40
10S. HorcoffC000008:55
14J. EberleR0111020:53
15N. SchultzD0000020:45
16D. HordichukL000103:22
20E. BelangerC0003016:47
23L. OmarkL00-10411:07
24T. PeckhamD0012016:15
28R. JonesL1011019:22
44C. PotterD0002018:08
55B. EagerL000108:25
56T. HartikainenC0000015:10
58J. PetryD00-12028:50
83A. HemskyR0000219:27
89S. GagnerC0003020:03
94R. SmythL00-11020:53
40D. Dubnyk2627.96365:00
7D. KulikovD0001219:41
8W. WolskiL0000012:26
9S. WeissC0102021:13
10J. MaddenC000107:22
14T. FleischmannL0102021:28
18S. MatthiasC0001013:30
19S. UpshallR000109:37
20S. BergenheimL0004021:34
21K. BarchR000004:20
26M. SamuelssonR0003018:27
32K. VersteegR0003020:32
43M. WeaverD0001020:24
44E. GudbransonD0002012:13
51B. CampbellD0001031:59
52J. GarrisonD1002025:17
55E. JovanovskiD0001018:34
57M. GocC0002021:14
82T. KopeckyR0000018:09
60J. Theodore2021.95265:00