The defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins came from behind to defeat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena. It was the first game of a four-game road swing for the Panthers.
Florida(3-2-1) got the only goal during the first period with 1:58 left in the frame. Reilly Smith scored on the power play for the Cats. Colton Sceviour took a shot from the right wing which was redirected in front by Michael Matheson. Marc Andre-Fleury made the save, however Smith swooped in from the left circle and put in the rebound with a backhand shot.
In the second period, Mark Pysyk scored his first goal as a member of the Florida Panthers at 6:08. Assists were credited to Shane Harper and Jonathan Marchessault on the play.
Pittsburgh(4-2-1) narrowed the lead to 2-1 at 13:41 on the power play. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the season which was set up by Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel.
The Pens pulled off the comeback with two goals in the final period. Carl Hagelin would tie the contest at 5:36 of the third. The Penguins took their first lead of the game 3-2 at 9:34 when Eric Fehr redirected a cross-ice pass in the low slot past James Reimer.