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2012 NHL Playoffs, Panthers Vs. Devils, Game 5: Florida Takes 1-0 Lead After Two Periods

It was a quiet opening 20 minutes for the Florida Panthers, but things have quickly changed here in the second period of Game 5. Following a scoreless first period, Kris Versteeg netted a power-play goal about four minutes in, to give Florida a 1-0 lead. Stephen Weiss and Brian Campbell were credited with the assist.

Currently, Florida has had little trouble getting shots on goal, leading the Devils in that category with relative ease, 23-17 and 12-6 during the second period.

Here's a closer look at Versteeg's second-period goal.

A win tonight would give the Panthers a 3-2 lead over New Jersey in the best-of-seven series and allow them to maintain their home-ice advantage.

We'll have plenty more on this game throughout the evening, so be sure to follow this StoryStream for updates. For additional news and analysis related to the Florida Panthers and the 2012 NHL Playoffs, make sure to visit SB Nation's Panthers' blog, Litter Box Cats. Stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa Bay for more updates on all of Florida's teams.

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.