Saturday, February 6, 2016

Panthers Shocked By Penguins

     The Florida Panthers were unable to hold a two-goal lead in the third period as they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in overtime at BB&T Center on Saturday night. The Panthers had their five-game winning streak snapped and it ended Roberto Luongo's franchise record nine-game win streak at home.
     There was no scoring until the second period when Florida(31-15-6) scored on a power play at 6:03. Vincent Trocheck connected a cross-ice pass from the right wing to Jussi Jokinen in the low left circle and he put in a sharp angle shot past Jeff Zatkoff for a 1-0 lead.
     The Panthers extended their margin to two goals on a shorthanded goal at 9:15 of the third period. Aleksander Barkov came through the slot on a breakaway after a lead pass through the neutral zone by Jokinen and he scored on a backhand shot for his 16th goal. It was the third shorthanded goal by the Cats this season.
     Pittsburgh(26-17-7) was desperate and started their comeback with 5:04 remaining as Kris Letang scored from the slot off a feed by Sidney Crosby on the right-wing wall.
     The Pens added an extra skater and pulled their goalie with two minutes to go. They tied the contest with 1:15 left when a Letang slap shot from long range went off the right leg of Crosby and by Luongo.
     Jokinen had to take a penalty nine seconds into overtime on a Penguins breakaway following the opening draw. Pittsburgh got the game-winner on the power play at 1:27 when Crosby sent a cross-ice pass from the low right circle to Letang in the low left circle for a one-timer.

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