The Florida Panthers put on a display of resiliency last night. Down 2-0 against the Dallas Stars late in the third period, Florida scored twice in a 14 second span to send the game into overtime, the second straight overtime game for the Panthers this pre-season. The extra frame was played to a scoreless draw sending the game into a shootout where the Stars converted on their first two chances to get the win.
The game was scoreless until 17:00 into the second period when Cody Eakin got the Stars on the board. Just thirty seconds later, the Stars struck again. This time it was Jamie Benn who put the puck past Markstrom. Tyler Seguin, who came to the Stars as a result of a blockbuster deal with the Boston Bruins, tallied an assist on the second goal.
It looked like the Panthers were on their way to their first regulation loss of the pre-season but instead they came through in the third period with a scoring flurry of their own. At 16:01 into the final frame, Drew Shore cut the Stars lead in half putting one between the five hole of Stars goalie Cristopher Nilstorp. Not impressed by the Stars two second period goals in a 30 second span, the Panthers completed their comeback scoring their second goal a mere 14 seconds after their first. The equalizer came from Scottie Upshall and was assisted by Jesse Winchester and Erik Gudbranson.
Jacob Markstrom played the entire game for the Panthers stopping 28 of 30 shots. Camp newcomer Tim Thomas did not dress. For the Stars, Kari Lehtonen played the first half stopping all ten shots he faced, and Nilstorp played the second half stopping 12 of 14.
Scottie Upshall’s goal was his third in two games, and Erik Gudbranson’s assist was his fourth point of the preseason. Both Upshall and Gudbranson have struggled to produce for the Panthers the last two years but so far the signs point to big improvements on the way. Here is the lineup the Panthers started the game with according to the team’s twitter account: