Carter Verhaeghe scored his second objective of the evening 1:37 into additional time, and the Florida Panthers rallied from two objectives down late within the third interval to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 on Thursday evening
Aaron Ekblad scored the 2 late objectives to get Florida into additional time, and Verhaeghe completed it off moments after Sergei Bobrovsky stoned Evan Rodrigues on a breakaway. Bobrovsky made 43 saves for Florida, which additionally acquired a objective from Anthony Duclair.
Aleksander Barkov had two assists for the Panthers. They’ve received eight consecutive instances when enjoying their season-opener on house ice.
Jeff Carter acquired the four-hundredth objective of his profession for Pittsburgh. Jake Guentzel scored from behind the web for Pittsburgh, which additionally acquired objectives from Danton Heinen and Rodrigues together with 34 saves from Casey DeSmith.
Carter’s objective made him the seventh lively participant with 400 within the NHL, plus was considered one of two the place the Penguins caught a break off a Florida defenseman. He threw the puck towards the web from the right-wing boards, and it deflected off Ekblad’s stick previous Bobrovsky.
That made it 2-2 late within the second, and Guentzel’s objective got here after Bobrovsky made an preliminary cease however was caught to the left of his crease. Guentzel tapped the puck out entrance, and it hit Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar earlier than discovering the web. That made it 3-2, and Rodrigues scored 30 seconds later to offer the Penguins a two-goal lead halfway via the third.
After which Ekblad occurred.
Off a loopy scramble, with nearly each skater on the ice battling across the crease, the puck squirted into the slot and Ekblad teed off, firing it over the mass of our bodies to get Florida inside 4-3. He added a backhander lower than two minutes later, tying it with 4:53 remaining.
It was the third two-goal sport for Ekblad, who missed the second half of final season and Florida’s playoff sequence in opposition to Tampa Bay with a damaged left leg.
Verhaeghe opened the scoring for Florida halfway via the primary, and Duclair acquired the puck to squirt previous DeSmith for a 2-0 Panthers lead at 3:57 of the second interval.
The remainder of the interval was all Pittsburgh, as a result of Florida couldn’t keep out of the penalty field.
The Panthers took 5 penalties in a 10-minute span, performed with both one or two gamers off the ice for greater than six consecutive minutes in a single stretch, and finally the Penguins took benefit. Heinen — who additionally had Pittsburgh’s first objective within the opener at Tampa Bay — scored to chop the two-goal lead in half, and Carter’s milestone objective got here with 1:02 left within the second.
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Of the seven lively gamers with 400 objectives, 4 have been technically a part of this sport. Sidney Crosby (486) and Evgeni Malkin (424) are injured for Pittsburgh, and Joe Thornton (425) made his Panthers debut. The others on the record are Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos and Patrick Kane.
NOTES: The Goodyear blimp was hovering over FLA Stay Enviornment as followers arrived. … Guentzel, who missed the opener due to COVID-19 protocols, performed in his three hundredth profession sport. … The Panthers paid tribute to the staff’s alternate governor, U.S. Military Gen. Raymond Odierno, who died earlier this month. Odierno led the Military division that captured Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003. … Pittsburgh grew to become the primary staff to attain two power-play objectives in the identical interval of a regular-season sport in opposition to Florida since Los Angeles acquired two within the third interval of a 4-3 Panthers win on Jan. 16, 2020. Tampa Bay did it twice in opposition to Florida in final season’s playoffs.
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