February 22, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom (35) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) as Panthers defenseman Tyson Strachan (23) defends on the play during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers Lose 3-1 To Penguins Despite Markstrom's Strong Debut

The Florida Panthers got out shot 40 to 23. The only reason they hung around as much as they did in their 3-1 loss to the Penguins was because of strong goaltending by Jacob Markstrom. Markstrom who made his season debut after being called p Wednesday stopped 37 of 40 shots faced but that was not enough to get the Panthers past a tough Penguins squad.

Coming off a 5-2 victory in Philadelphia, the Panthers had to be tired. They were outplayed most of the game, spending large portions of the game in their own defensive zone. Markstrom, who is 6’6″, managed to keep the Penguins from breaking things open until the third period where goals by Matt Niskanen and Dustin Jeffrey put the Penguins up 3-1.

Mike Weaver scored his first goal of the season, assisted by Brian Campbell. Other than Weaver’s goal, the Panthers were unable to get pressure on Penguins goalie Marc Andre Fleury who stopped 22 of 23 shots faced.

Florida will return home Sunday to face another tough opponent in the Boston Bruins. Florida will have a chance to revenge tonight’s loss on Tuesday when the Penguins come to South Florida for a rematch.

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