At the eight minute mark, Bryce Salvadore tried to clear the puck out, but was intercepted by Tomas Fleischmann. Flash fed Stephen Weiss to Kris Versteeg for a wide open chance on Brodeur to put the Cats on top, 2-1. The goal was Versteeg’s 21st of the season, leading the Panthers while coming within one goal of his career high, set two seasons ago while playing for the Chicago Blackhawks.
With 12 minutes elapsed in the period, the Panthers would go on their second power play of the night. Of course, their first had only lasted 16 seconds before the Cats took advantage of their superior numbers. The Devils penalty kill on this occasion rose to the task, clearing the puck out four times and scaring the Panthers with their short-handed ability. The Devils lead the NHL with 13 short handed goals.
The Devils assaulted Clemmensen with under 30 seconds remaining to try and pull themselves even with Florida with a flurry of offensive zone activity, but the ex-Devil was up to the task.
Hits: Devils, 18-6
Blocked Shots: Devils, 9-6
Faceoffs: Panthers 18-17
Shots on Goal: Devils, 21-14
Score: Panthers 2, Devils 1