EDMONTON - Bryan McCabe scored the shootout winner as the Florida Panthers defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in pre-season action on Wednesday night.
Janis Sprukts and Shawn Matthias recorded regulation goals for the Panthers, who improved to 2-0 in pre-season play. The Oilers - now 0-1-2 in exhibition action - received goals from Shawn Horcoff and Liam Reddox.
Florida caught Edmonton looking lethargic to start the contest, peppering Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers with seven shots early on before Sprukts took a feed from Stefan Meyer and beat the rookie Oilers goaltender stick-side 1:49 into the first.
The Panthers continued to pour it on, outshooting the Oilers 16-1 at one point, before Edmonton capitalized on a power-play. Ales Hemsky connected on a cross-ice pass to Horcoff, who put his first goal and third point of the pre-season past Chris Beckford-Tseu in the Florida net with 40 seconds left to tie it 1-1.
Florida regained its lead eight minutes into the middle frame as Matthias swooped around from behind the net, floated a shot in on Druoin-Deslauriers and then found his own rebound and whacked it home to make it 2-1.
Edmonton bounced back four minutes later with another power-play goal as Beckford-Tseu was able to make the initial stop of a point blank shot by Dustin Penner but couldn't stop Reddox from tucking in the rebound.
Both young goalies had to come up with huge saves on opposition power-play opportunities to send the game to overtime following a scoreless third period.
The Panthers had a power play for the final two and a half minutes of the extra session following a laundry list of penalties to Sheldon Souray, but couldn't get anything past Druoin-Deslauriers.
The two teams play each other again on Thursday night in Edmonton.
Notes: The Oilers held a moment of silence before the game to recognize the loss of former goaltender Jussi Markkanen, whose four-year-old son Oli-matias died earlier this week after falling out of a Moscow apartment window. Markkanen, who now plays for CSKA in the KHL, had brought his family to join him in Russia just a couple weeks ago. ... The Panthers were playing their second game in as many nights, following a 3-2 victory in Calgary on Tuesday that earned new head coach Peter DeBoer his first NHL win behind the bench. ...Florida has six consecutive pre-season games on the road in six nights. ... The Oilers were playing their third game in four nights after a pair of one-goal losses against the Vancouver Canucks.