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Oct 19, 2013; Sunrise, FL, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding (37) gives up a goal to Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) in a shoot out at BB&T Center. Robert Mayer USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers Top Wild 2-1 In Shootout

Jonathan Huberdeau and Brad Boyes converted in the shootout as the Florida Panthers picked up their third victory of the season, a 2-1 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild.

Tim Thomas was on his game in his second start since returning from a strained groin. The 39-year-old stopped 30 of 31 shots as well as shootout attempts by Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu.

In a tightly contested game, the Wild got out to the early lead with a power play goal in the second period by Jonas Brodin. The goal was the third of the year for the 20-year-old Wild defenseman and it found its way into the Panthers net after deflecting off the stick of Jesse Winchester in front of Thomas.

The Panthers evened things up 6:49 into the third period with a power play goal of their own. Aleksander Barkov found space in front of the Wild net and was able to get his stick on a Tomas Fleischmann shot. The goal was Barkov’s third of the season and the assists came from Fleischmann (7) and Brian Campbell (5).

Jonathan Huberdeau and Brad Boyes made things look easy in the shootout as they each converted against Wild goaltender Josh Harding. The win brings the Panthers record to 3-6-0 while the Wild fall to 3-3-3.

The Panthers struggled to generate offense against a stingy Minnesota team that leads the league in fewest shots allowed per game at 21.8. The Panthers managed only 22 shots against Wild netminder Josh Harding but were able to convert in crunch time to send the game to overtime.

The Panthers finally emerged victorious after enduring two crushing one goal losses to the Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins. The game was the second in a six game Panthers home stand. The Panthers continue their stay at the BB&T Center next week with a game Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks and a Friday night matchup against the Buffalo Bruins.

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