Florida came out from the first intermission hot, getting five shots on goal in the first three minutes of the period. After trading chances for a few minutes, Sean Bergenheim nearly decapitated Martin Havlat by accident, trying to jump over the Shark who was falling down at the time. Havlat was helped off the ice, but returned to action shortly.
Just over five minutes into the period, Marco Sturm stole a puck in the San Jose zone and stickhandled Thomas Greiss almost out of his skates, going five-hole on the backup goaltender and pulling the Cats even at 2-2 with his second goal with the Panthers, unassisted.
Two minutes later the Panthers took the lead as the first line struck again. Stephen Weiss stole the puck in the Sharks zone and fed Kris Versteeg, who sent it along to Tomas Fleischmann for his 12th goal of the season. Panthers lead, 3-2.
With the Sharks on the power play with two minutes left in the period, Jack Skille put home a shorthanded goal unassisted for his second of the season to put the Panthers up, 4-2.
The Sharks outhit the Panthers 10-2 in the period with the Cats holding a 15-9 shot advantage.