Talk about one heck of a game. After two periods, the Florida Panthers are tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-2. The Panthers are giving the Penguins a run for their money, and making a strong case as to why people should start taking them seriously.
The Panthers jumped out to a 2-1 lead, as Tomas Fleischmann scored five minutes into the period, but Jordan Staal for the Penguins responded seven minutes later to tie the game up. Pittsburgh controlled the period shots-wise (17-11), but the Panthers are still only behind overall by three shots.
It was a fast paced, exciting period. Both teams committed one penalty during the period — compare that to Tampa Bay’s three penalties in the second period tonight — and play went back and forth between each end as the Panthers and Pens fought for the upper hand.
If the previous two periods are any indications, we should be in for a wild finish down in Miami tonight.
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