PENS FALL TO PANTHERS IN OT, 4-3
The Pittsburgh Penguins opened their three-game homestand on a down note Tuesday night as the Florida Panthers posted a 4-3 win at Mellon Arena in overtime.
Florida’s Stephen Weiss scored the game-winner on a power-play goal 53 seconds into the extra period.
In the first period, Nathan Horton gave Florida a 1-0 lead 2:45 into the game. He punched in a rebound past Jocelyn Thibault.
Ryan Malone evened the score at 1-1 with 6:25 to play on a power-play goal for the Penguins, who are in the midst of their three-game homestand. Malone’s backhander slid between Luongo’s leg pads. Ziggy Palffy and Sidney Crosby earned assists.
Gelinas gave Florida a 2-1 edge 47 seconds later when he punched in another rebound past Thibault.
That score remained the same through two periods as neither squad was able to find the back of the net.
Lasse Pirjeta knotted the game at 2-2 just 3:00 into the third period. Konstantin Koltsov pressured a Panthers defender behind the goal. Matt Murley picked up the loss puck at the far corner and fired a pass to Pirjeta, who one-timed a shot past Roberto Luongo.
Dick Tarnstrom gave the Penguins their first lead since Oct. 8 when he scored off a scrum in front of the net with 12:53 to play. Mark Recchi and John LeClair both had assists on the power-play goal.
With 2:30 left in regulation, Florida’s Lukas Krajicek tied the game at 3-all when he blasted a slap-shot past Jocelyn Thibault for a power-play goal.
The Penguins play Atlanta on Thursday and Carolina on Saturday at Mellon Arena. Tickets are available for those games.
ICE CHIPS – Penguins forward Andre Roy will be out of the lineup indefinitely after suffering a broken orbital bone during Saturday night’s game in Boston. His status will be re-evaluated in two weeks…Josef Melichar and Steve Poapst were the Penguins’ scratches, while Alexander Karpovtsev, Joe Nieuwendyk and Eric Cairns were the Panthers’ scratches…The announced attendance was 14,636.