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Versteeg scores twice, Panthers coming back on New Jersey

Florida started out strong with a few good chances from the first line before matching 5-minute minors were incurred when Shawn Matthias and Rod Pelley dropped the gloves. The Panthers killed off a penalty after Stephen Weiss was called for hooking in the offensive zone. Soon after, the Panthers got on the board when Kulikov pitched it to Weiss off a Devils skate and Kris Versteeg stuffed the rebound home to bring the deficit to 3-1. Five minutes later, Versteeg scored his second of the night with an assist from Jason Garrison. The Panthers finished the period by outshooting the Devils 15 to nine.   A few players are starting to wake up a little, as Jack Skille is starting to skate like he did earlier in the season and Tomas Kopecky at times looks like a power fullback bulldozing through the offensive zone strong on the puck.  Tune in for what is sure to be an exciting third period in Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise.

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