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Panthers Vs. Devils, 2012 NHL Playoffs, Game 5: Florida Takes 3-2 Series Lead Over New Jersey

At this point, the Florida Panthers are one game away from punching their ticket to the second round of the NHL Playoffs. Facing the New Jersey Devils in Game 5 on Saturday at the BankAtlantic Center, the host Panthers, who entered the playoffs as the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, cruised with relative ease to a 3-0 victory.

Holding a 1-0 lead entering the final period, Florida took a comfortable two-goal lead after right winger Scottie Upshall found the back of the net around the 13-minute mark of the period. Here's a closer look at Upshall's goal.

Florida, however, didn't stop there, fellow right winger Tomas Kopecky shorthanded a last-minute goal, to further the Panthers' lead over the No. 6-seeded Devils.

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.