The Florida Panthers put together a pretty dominating effort Sunday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Penguins. They largely outplayed them for 65 minutes, but couldn’t take advantage of many scoring chances, and dropped a 2-1 decision in a shootout, in Pittsburgh.
After a scoreless first shootout round, Alex Kovalev faked a backhand attempt, before bringing the puck back to his forehand and scoring off the post. He beat Scott Clemmensen, who was forced into action beginning in the overtime session, after Tomas Vokoun left with an injury. James Neal put the game in the books in the third round with a quick wrister that beat Clemmensen stick side.
The Panthers got on the board first, in the second period, on Ryan Carter’s third goal of the season. Alex Sulzer took a point shot and Carter was able to get a stick on it to deflect it passed Marc-Andre Fleury.
Pittsburgh scored just a couple of minutes later, when Ben Lovejoy was left wide open in front of the net. Lovejoy roofed a shot just under Vokoun’s arm, popping the water bottle off the top of the net.
The win got the Penguins within two points of conference leading Philadelphia. It was also their fourth straight victory, all of which have come in the shootout.
Florida wraps up a five-game road trip, in Columbus on Tuesday night.