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

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT SO T
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0-2 2
Blackhawks 0 2 0 0 2-3 3
FLA - T. Fleischmann (2), D. Kulikov (1)
CHI - PPG - J. Toews (3), B. Bickell (2), SO - J. Toews

SUNRISE, FL —  ( - Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp scored in the shootout to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 victory against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night at BB&T Center.

Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell scored in regulation for the Blackhawks, who haven't scored a third-period goal since their season-opener against the Washington Capitals. Kane had a breakaway in overtime but missed the net with a backhand after a deke..

"I liked the way we pushed when the score was even, when we got down a couple, we just kind of kept our composure and just the tone of the game. At the end you only end up with one point but sometimes as a coach you don't always judge it on the final outcome. I think there's a tuckered out bunch in there. They worked their tails off."

- Head coach Kevin Dineen.
1. Entertaining First: Facing off against the reigning Stanley Cup champs, the Panthers had their chances in the first period despite being outshot 12-6. Rookie Aleksander Barkov had a couple of steals that led to some chances from in close and Tomas Kopecky picked off another pass but the puck handcuffed the forward as he couldn't get a shot on net. The line of Tomas Fleischmann, Barkov and Kris Versteeg were the most active in the Chicago zone, putting good pressure on the Hawks defense. Chicago also had their chances, led by their captain Jonathan Toews who along with Andrew Shaw and Marian Hossa had two shots each.

2. PPG, Penalty Shot & 2-0 Lead: In the second the Panthers had their chances once again but the Hawks got on the board first thanks to a power play goal from their captain. With Dmitry Kulikov in the box for interference, Toews batted the puck past Tim Thomas 35 seconds into the man advantage off the feed from Duncan Keith. Florida had a great chance to tie the game when Jonathan Huberdeau was taken down on a breakaway, given a penalty shot on the play. Money on his two attempts last season, Huberdeau had Corey Crawford beat if he went with his backhand but instead went to the forehand and was denied by Crawford's pad four minutes following Chicago's goal. With 3:11 left in the period, Chicago potted their second goal of the game as Brian Bickell's initial shot was blocked but he beat a screened Thomas far side on the rush to give the visitors what would look to be an insurmountable regulation lead.

3. Comeback Nets Point: Florida kept plugging away and that lead was Chicago lead was erased in less than a three minute span midway through the third. First the Fleischmann, Barkov, Versteeg combined for a beautiful goal on the rush 9:04 in as Fleischmann finished off a one-timer off the feed from Barkov. Then 2:47 later, Kulikov intercepted a cross-ice clearing pass by Keith and fired a slap shot top shelf and far side on Crawford. Thomas left the game with an undisclosed injury late in the game forcing Jacob Markstrom into action and the Cats effort sent the game to overtime. A scoreless overtime saw Florida play in their second straight shootout but unlike Saturday night, Huberdeau and Brad Boyes were denied on their attempts while Toews and Patrick Sharp scored on theirs to give the Stanley Cup champs the second point in the game.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@Gravenger5: Great game by the @FlaPanthers tonight. Too bad we didn't win but the effort was there. #GetWellSoonTimmy #CatsAre20

@pastorsharon_1: @FlaPanthers we'll get em next time. Gotta admit we gave the champs a run for their money! #letsgocats

@mathiasMejia_: @FlaPanthers Great Game. Couldn't ask more about the Panthers! Gave 100% and we earned at least a point!

@sonbeek: @FlaPanthers great effort #BelieveRed

@joshalexandru24: @FlaPanthers glad we got a point out of it! great comeback! not disappointed at all with this performance!

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Jeff Carter: great fight til the end. hope thomas is ok. 1 point is better then no points but the wins will come with that kind of effort.

Jay Brandt: Proud of my boys, a lot of fight in this team. We'll get some payback in Chicago in December. GO CATS

Erick Maldonado: Great game. Barkov is a stud. Go Panthers!!!

Mike Gratton: was a good game. they need to play with the energy they had in the third every game

Zachary Bruckner: Can't complain about this after a 2-0 comeback from a terrible 2nd pd they had. Sucks to see Thomas injured again. I have seen improvements though that are good and I'm looking to see it pay off in the future!

1. It was a back-and-forth five-minute overtime between the two teams but each team finished with just one shot on goal.

6. The same six players were on the ice for both Panthers goals. With that, the line of Tomas Fleischmann, Aleksander Barkov and Kris Versteeg all finished +2 on the night while Dmitry Kulikov and Brian Campbell were also on the ice manning the blue line.

13. Florida was credited with 13 takeaways on the night while Chicago finished with just two. Campbell had three while Jonathan Huberdeau, Brad Boyes and Tomas Kopecky each finished with two on the night.

 The Panthers were the more physical of the teams, outhitting the Blackhawks by a 34-19 margin. Leading the wasy was forward Nick Bjugstad and defenseman Mike Weaver with five each while Erik Gudbranson, Shawn Matthias and Kulikov had four each.

167. Florida went from a 2-0 deficit to a tie game in 167 seconds (2:47) in the third period as Fleischmann and Kulikov scored to force overtime and eventual give the Panthers one point.

Jonathan Toews
Got the scoring started in the game with his second period power play goal and gave the Blackhawks the second point with his evenutal shootout winner.

1 Goal, -1, 3 Shots, 71% FO%, 19:22 TOI
The Panthers will have two days off before hosting their Atlantic Division rival Buffalo Sabres. Before that, they'll host their Ford Face-Off Gala and Casino night presented by Ultimate Software on Wednesday night at the BB&T Center as all players and coaches will be in attendance to raise money for the Panthers Foundation to fight pediatric cancer. Buffalo, who hosts the Bruins on Wednesday night is off to a slow start winning just once and obtaining three points in their first 10 games of the season (1-8-1). They've been outscored 28-13 over that span. Offensively, Buffalo is led by forwards Cody Hodgson (2-5-7 in 10 games) and Thomas Vanek (3-3-6 in 10 games) while Ryan Miller has posted a .926 save percentage and 2.73 GAA in seven games this season.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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