The Oilers seemed to be coming back. They outshot the Panthers 14-2 in the second period, after falling behind 2-1 in the first.
They were hitting and playing physical and logging zone time. Unfortunately, that fizzled away toward the end of the game as Florida sat back in protection mode.
“I thought we were attacking until about seven minutes or six minutes left in the game,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “They went to a real good, solid, five guys back, stack up the red line. We had trouble coming through it. There was a sense of frustration that seeped into our game. They’ve won 12 because they have the ability to do that. They do a good job of it.”
The Oilers and Panthers tied for seven shots a piece in the third. Florida blocked 23 shots for the game.