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

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT SO T
Panthers 0 2 0 0 2-2 3
Senators 0 2 0 0 1-3 2
FLA - S. Bergenheim (15), V. Trocheck (3), SO - B. Pirri
OTT - M. Stone (2), PP - C. MacArthur (22)

SUNRISE —  ( - Rookies Vincent Trocheck and Brandon Pirri scored in the shootout to give the Florida Panthers a 3-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

After Kyle Turris opened the tiebreaker by beating Florida goalie Roberto Luongo, Trocheck tied it with a slick deke before sliding the puck past Robin Lehner. Ottawa's Jason Spezza then missed the net before Pirri snapped a shot through Lehner's five-hole. Luongo, who made a number of spectacular saves among his 37 stops through 65 minutes, ended the game with a sweeping glove grab of Milan Michalek's backhander.

"Luongo made some big, big saves and kept it 0-0. That was huge. They played last night, it should have been the other way around, them trying to find their legs. It was important we responded."

- Panthers interim head coach Peter Horachek.
1. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner: Tuesday's game had it all including big saves, a flurry of goals at the end of the second, extra time and a Panthers shootout win. It took them a little longer to earn the extra point, as they had a power play opportunity in overtime, but Florida came out victorious in dramatic fashion. Young Guns Vincent Trocheck and Brandon Pirri skated in slowly on Robin Lehner, showed off some beautiful dekes and beat the Sens' netminder on their attempts. After Kyle Turris scored for Ottawa on their first shot, Roberto Luongo stoned both Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek, flashing the glove on the latter to preserve the win.

Trading Saves: The Panthers and Senators came out firing early and often at BB&T Center and Luongo and Lehner took turns making big saves. Luongo stopped 20 shots in the first frame while Lehner turned away 10 in what was a scoreless period.

In the end it was Luongo getting the best of it, finishing with one more shootout save to take home the W. Luongo was spectacular in finishing with 37 saves in regulation and overtime before stopping two of the three shootout attempts. His two best saves came with 2:08 left in the first period as he dove across the crease to rob Clarke MacArthur and 55 seconds into overtime on Marc Methot.

3. Quick Strike Cats: It took less than 30 seconds for the Cats to claw their way back from a two-goal deficit in the second period, as Sean Bergenheim and Trocheck scored 23 seconds apart. The Panthers forwards got the game tied on two pretty plays, beating Lehner with low shots to send the home crowd into a frenzy. Bergenheim scored off a feed from Brian Campbell while Trocheck tied the game off a rush up the ice with Scottie Upshall. Nick Bjugstad didn't find the back of the net but did pepper Lehner with a total of seven shots through the first two periods alone.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@StefaniJanvier: What an ending to my birthday with a win from the @FlaPanthers.

@_ortegamiguel: Always a great game when it has you sitting on the edge of your couch. @FlaPanthers take the W in a shootout #GoCats

@xHandyMannyx: So glad my dad's first game went into a shootout and he was able to see the @FlaPanthers win

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Eddie Castro: Vincent Trocheck is the truth.

Joshua Benchimol:
Way to go Cats. Thank you for the win. Awesome job cats!!!!

Tj Gardungle:
Epic goaltending battle tonight.

4. Scoring his third goal of the season, Vincent Trocheck has four points (3-1-4) in his last seven games played.

11. Dropping the gloves against Matt Kassian in the first period, forward Krys Barch picked up his 11th fighting major of the season.

23. Sean Bergenheim and Trocheck scored 23 seconds apart towards the end of the second period to tie the game at two.

30. The Panthers and Senators combined for 30 shots in the opening period. Bergenheim and Kyle Turris each had a team-leading three shots on net.

35. Setting up Trocheck's equalizer, Scottie Upshall increased his team lead in points to 35, a new career-high (14-21-35).

Roberto Luongo
Came up big time and time again against the Sens, especially in the opening period when they threw 20 shots on net.

39 Shots, 37 Saves, .949 SV%
Florida continues their three-game homestand against Carolina on Thursday before finishing it off against Montreal on Saturday. The Hurricanes, currently seventh in the Metropolitan Division with 71 points (31-32-9), fell to the Islanders on Tuesday 5-4. Canes captain Eric Staal leads the way offensively with 55 points (17-38-55) while former Calder trophy winner Jeff Skinner has 46 points (27-19-46).

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