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Panthers Wrap-Up: Blackhawks 3, Panthers 2 (SO)

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers
1 2 3 OT SO T
Panthers 0 1 1 0 0-3 2
BLACKHAWKS 1 1 0 0 1-3 3
FLA - S. Weiss (5), E. Jovanovski (2)

CHI - J. Toews (5), M. Hossa (6)
SUNRISE, FLA (AP) - Patrick Kane scored the only goal in a shootout and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Thursday night.

Corey Crawford stopped all three shootout attempts before Kane's backhander beat Jacob Markstrom.

"The hair club for men because I'm going to go bald if they don't start to...You always try to finish a game like that but really, you know what, we'll take them at the beginning of the game, the end of the game. Certainly you can just feel it on the bench and there's a confidence level that can't be taught, that can't be bought...We just don't want to put ourselves in that hole."

- Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen on the Panthers late scoring.
1. Tough Sledding Early: Florida found a brick wall in the form of Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford. Chicago's backstop was tested early (15 shots in the first) but looked calm as he turned away shot after shot. It took shot number 26 (Stephen Weiss' follow-up on his own shot with 1:51 left to play in the second) for the goaltender to finally be solved. While Crawford eventually allowed the tying goal, he stood strong overall, turning aside 41 shots in regulation and overtime before thwarting Tomas Kopecky, Marcel Goc and Tomas Fleischmann in the shootout to earn his sixth win of the season.

2. Good Comeback Not Enough: For the second straight game, the Panthers found themselves down two goals to the visitors. And for the second straight game, they clawed their way back to tie it and eventually send it to overtime thus garnering at least a point. Jonathan Toews (first period) and Marian Hossa did the damage for the Hawks to propel them to the 2-0 lead. With time running out in the second period, Weiss was able to make it a one goal game and give the Panthers hope. Then it was Ed Jovanovski with the equalizer with just 2:04 remaining in the contest. While it's not what they wanted (in getting down two goals), it shows a lot of resolve on the Panthers end in fighting back from a two goal effort to pick up a point.

3. Shootout Woes: Speaking of points, you never want to leave them sitting on the table but unfortunately that's what happened for the second straight game. Florida has been foiled in the shootout in six straight attempts and seven of the eight shots they've taken this season. The Panthers did win a shootout in their home opener, going 1-3 (Marcel Goc) but have come up empty against Winnipeg and Chicago. Points here or there really add up over the season and a single point could make all the difference in the world.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@csg825: @j_markstrom you played an amazing game! #FlaPanthers we need to get a win but was impressed with the comeback

@Cooperfect: Really proud of my @FlaPanthers Shootouts hurt, but the team is playing great hockey #NHL #FlaPanthers

@hlamp: #FlaPanthers was the better team tonight against the Hawks and we are getting better with each game.

@IRISHNutt23: #FlaPanthers another shoot out and another loss, damn! We had them!!

@TKON: Hat tip to the #FlaPanthers , that's one exciting team with great tempo. #Blackhawks

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Jay Brandt: Great comeback Cats, got the point but have to be better in shootouts.

Vincent Rossi: Just think of it as a win and a loss. Got two points and we'll be fine against TB

Michele Rogers: Even though they lost, that was a great come back! Markstrom was on fire in OT! Next time, cats!! Bring on the Lightning!

Mark Zola: Well...cant say the effort wasn't there...but they forgot there is 3 periods in a game...not 1...get it together guys i dont wanna see comebacks I wanna see US on the board FIRST!

Joanne Ruimy: I was going to leave the game after 2nd period, so happy I stayed even if we lost in the shootout, Cats played very well in the 3rd. 1 point is better than none. I am so ready for Sunday!!!!!

1. Following up on his own rebound late in the second, Stephen Weiss scored the Panthers first goal of the game. It was also his first career goal against the Blackhawks. In his previous eight games against Chicago, the Panthers center had recorded two assists.

1. The Panthers and Blackhawks saw limited action on their team's power play as both teams were whistled for just one minor each that resulted in a man advantage. Sami Lepisto went off for tripping 12:00 into the first while Dmitry Kulikov went off for slashing 56 seconds into the third. The teams also had a fighting major as well as coincidental minors.

For the second straight game, the Panthers found themselves down 2-0. It was also the second straight game that they came back with two goals of their own to tie it.

5. Despite trailing 1-0 on the scoreboard after one period of play, the Panthers actually outshot the Blackhawks 15-7. Leading the shot parade was forward Scottie Upshall who posted five of those shots (33%).

6. Picking up the second assist on Stephen Weiss' second period goal, Tomas Fleischmann has run his point-streak to a team-high, season-high six games. The winger has posted eight points over that span (4-4-8).

Corey Crawford
The Panthers tested him early and often but Blackhawks netminder turned aside all but two of the 43 shots he saw.

43 Shots, 41 Saves, .953 SV%
The Panthers conclude their three-game homestand with a Sunday matinee against cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning. It's the third time this season that the two teams face-off and Florida looks to remain perfect in the season series. The Panthers earned a 3-2 shootout win in the home opener at the BankAtlantic Center on October 15 and then ruined Tampa Bay's home opener two nights later as they posted a franchise record tying five power play goals in a 7-4 victory. Tampa Bay plays Friday night against the Blackhawks and enters that game at 5-5-2.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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