Stephen Weiss scored the only goal in the 4th round of the shootout to give the Florida Panthers a 3-2 shootout win over the visiting Calgary Flames tonight. The shootout loss foiled Leland Irving’s attempt to get his first win in his first NHL start, but he shouldn’t be upset with how he played.
Sean Bergenheim opened the scoring for the Panthers just under 7 minutes into the game but Olli Jokinen answered for the Flames at 10:00. The game remained tied at 1-1 throughout a scoreless 2nd period, though the Flames dominated the play for much of the second frame.
Rene Bourque gave the Flames their first lead of the night with a powerplay goal from the side of the net at 3:55 of the third period. It was the Flames 2nd powerplay goal in as many nights, and hopefully a sign that their powerplay is improving.
The Panthers pressed late in the third period and Bergenheim was rewarded with his 2nd goal of the game as he stuffed a rebound around the pad of Leland Irving. They continued to mount pressure, but were unable to beat Irving again until the shootout.
In the shootout, Alex Tanguay scored for the Flames and after two Panthers missed, it looked like Irving might get his win. But Dimitry Kulikov scored one for Florida and Rene Bourque couldn’t answer. That set up Weiss for the winner and Jose Theodore stopped T.J. Brodie to seal the win.