NHL Game Summary - Florida at Pittsburgh
(Tuesday, October 25th)
Final Score: Florida 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Stephen Weiss scored a power-play goal 53 seconds into overtime to lift the Florida Panthers over the stumbling Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, at Mellon Arena.
Nathan Horton, Martin Gelinas and Lukas Krajicek also lit the lamp for Florida, which has won the last 10 meetings against Pittsburgh. Roberto Luongo made 38 saves in net.
Ryan Malone, Lasse Pirjeta and Dick Tarnstrom all scored for the Penguins, who have yet to register a win this year (0-5-4). This is the longest they have gone without a win to open a season in franchise history.
"It's tough right now," said Penguins rookie Sidney Crosby, who recorded his 10th assist on the young season. "It's tough for everyone, I'm sure. It's tough for the people that watch us sometimes, too, because they want to see the team win, and trust me, we want to win as bad as they want to see us win."
Jocelyn Thibault stopped 30-of-34 shots for Pittsburgh.
The Penguins scored a pair of goals in the third to take their first lead of the game with less than 13 minutes remaining, but gave two goals right back.
After Pittsburgh forechecking forced a turnover in the Panthers' end, Matt Murley corralled the puck behind the goal line and sent a centering feed to Pirjeta, who one-timed it past Luongo from the slot to make it 2-2.
Tarnstrom followed with a score at the 7:07 mark, muscling a rebound home to finish off a scrum in front of the net.
Florida converted on a power-play chance with 2:30 left in regulation, though, as Krajicek's shot from the point rippled the mesh to send the game into overtime.
The Panthers took another power play into the extra session after Mario Lemieux was whistled for interference, and they needed less than a minute to cash in. Weiss received a pass from Olli Jokinen in the right circle and unleashed a heavy slapshot that sailed over Thibault's shoulder to deny Pittsburgh its first win.
"I thought we showed a lot of character and determination," said Florida head coach Jacques Martin. "I think we have to give credit to (Luongo)...He kept us in it."
Florida opened the scoring 2:45 into the first period. Thibault cleared the puck out of the crease after Weiss redirected a pass softly on goal, but it went right to Horton, who flicked it into the top-right corner of the net.
Pittsburgh struck back midway through the period on a power-play goal from Malone, who got in behind the Florida defense, juked, then backhanded a shot through the five-hole of Luongo.
The Panthers, however, answered with a tally of their own just 37 seconds later, as Gelinas tapped in a rebound shot from Kristian Huselius that squirted free in the left side of the crease.
The Penguins entered the game with the second-highest amount of goals allowed (39) in the league...This was the first game for the Panthers since last Thursday. Saturday's contest against Ottawa was postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Wilma...The Penguins have not had a win vs. the Panthers since March 5, 2002 at Mellon Arena.
10/26 01:05:44 ET