Panthers 4, Devils 3

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 21, 2011
Tomas Fleischmann scored at 17:57 in the third period and the Florida Panthers beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Monday night. Kris Versteeg scored two goals for Florida, and Stephen Weiss had a goal and an assist. Jose Theodore stopped 24 shots. Fleischmann took a pass from Weiss to the left of the net and shot it past Martin Brodeur. Ilya Kovalchuk, Petr Sykora, and Dainius Zubrus scored for the Devils. Brodeur had 33 saves. Andy Greene had two assists. It was only the second time in franchise history the Panthers overcame a three-goal deficit. On Feb 10, 2009, the Panthers trailed 4-1 against Toronto before winning 5-4. New Jersey scored all of its goals in the first, and Florida tied it on Weiss's short-handed tally at 9:12 of the third. Garrison passed to Weiss in front and he wristed the puck high into the net. After Weiss' goal, the Devils had a two-man advantage for 1:05 but couldn't score. The Panthers got on the board on Versteeg's first goal at 5:28 of the second. Versteeg grabbed a loose puck in front of the crease and poked it past Brodeur on the stick side. Versteeg scored again five minutes later. Jason Garrison's shot was blocked by Brodeur, but Versteeg was there for the rebound and wristed it into the net. New Jersey's fast start was first time the Panthers allowed three goals in a period this season. The Devils took a 1-0 lead on Kovalchuk's goal at 8:17. Theodore blocked a shot by Henrik Tallinder but Kovalchuk got the rebound and wristed it into the net. Sykora then backhanded in a shot on Theodore's stick side, and Zubrus' goal at 11:49 made it 3-0. Patrick Elias passed across to Zubrus to the right of the crease and he swept in the puck. NOTES: New Jersey C Ryan Carter played his first game against his former team. Carter was waived by the Panthers on Oct. 25 and picked up by the Devils the next day. ... Versteeg has 11 goals in 20 games for the Panthers. ... Florida C Marcel Goc missed his third game with an upper body injury.
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