SUNRISE, Fla. -- It was a big night for first timers.
Of the five players who scored in the Edmonton Oilers' 4-3 overtime win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night at the BB&T Center, four of them had yet to score this season, including one who made his NHL debut.
Edmonton right winger Mark Arcobello was among the players who started the night with zero goals.
But he scored 1:55 into overtime on a power play. It was his second goal of the night, and it came after Panthers center Scottie Upshall was sent off for tripping, giving Edmonton the power-play chance.
The assist went to center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, his third of the night and his ninth of the season.
But the biggest hero was Arcobello.
"My first goal was big for my confidence," Arcobello said. "I've had my fair share of chances this season, and I think I was squeezing the stick too tight.
"(On the winner), I knew (Florida goaltender Jacob Markstrom) would be moving with the pass coming across, and I just tried to get there as quick as I could."
Until he got called for the tripping penalty, Upshall led Florida's rally from two goals down with less than half of the third period remaining.
He scored his first goal of the season with 9:56 left in the third, making it 3-2 on assists from defenseman Brian Campbell and center Jesse Winchester.
Upshall tied the score at 3 on a dramatic goal that came with 56.7 seconds left in regulation. Center Marcel Goc and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov got the assists.
"It was nice to come back, but some mistakes and some errors on our part cost us," Upshall said.
Panthers' coach Kevin Dineen said Upshall's penalty was a crushing blow.
"It's wearing," he said. "You've got three guys on the ice, and you've got skilled players on the other side. That's a high-skilled team, and you're giving them that kind of space -- they're going to create opportunities."
The Oilers (4-10-2) entered the game as the 22nd-ranked scoring team in the NHL. Even so, they looked fast against the Panthers (3-8-4), who lost their sixth straight game and entered the night as the league's third-worst team in goals allowed.
Florida's losing streak coincides with the absence of injured goalie Tim Thomas. The Panthers' last win was Oct. 19, when Thomas was in goal for a 2-1 victory over Minnesota. Thomas got hurt in Florida's next game.
On Tuesday, Edmonton snapped a 1-1 tie with two goals just 33 seconds apart early in the second period.
"The second period was maybe our best period of the year," Oilers defenseman Andrew Ference said. "Just the speed we showed, we kept it simple, and a lot of guys found their legs."
The Oilers' first goal of the second period came with just 2:06 elapsed as Arcobello scored on a bad-angle shot from the left side, giving the Oilers a 2-1 lead.
Then, defenseman Taylor Fedun, making his NHL debut, streaked in from the right side and scored off a perfect feed from Nugent-Hopkins.
"He put the puck right on my tape," Fedun said. "I didn't even have to think about it. He made it pretty easy for me."
Fedun, a former Princeton star who came back from a broken leg to make it to the NHL, said the goal was a shock.
"I don't know if I knew what had just happened," he said. "It happened so fast, I didn't even know what to do (to celebrate)."
The Panthers scored first, getting a goal from Goc with 10:35 elapsed in the first period. Goc, trailing on the play, came in from the right side and lifted a wrist shot past Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk.
Edmonton tied the score at 1 with 3:01 left in the first period. Defensemen Philip Larsen, showing his speed, blazed down the right side to score his first goal of the season.
Dubnyk finished with 20 saves. Markstrom stopped 23 shots.
NOTES: Panthers RW Kris Versteeg, who was a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career Saturday, was back in the lineup. ... Panthers G Tim Thomas (leg) is expected to make the next road trip, which starts Thursday at the Boston Bruins, his former team. ... Panthers C Scott Gomez and D Matt Gilroy were healthy scratches. ... Oilers LW Ryan Smyth (groin) returned to action after missing two weeks. ... Oilers D Justin Schultz (groin), LW David Perron (knee) and D Anton Belov (knee) were scratched. ... This is the first of a four-game road trip for the Oilers. They play at Tampa on Thursday and then finish up at Philadelphia and Chicago. ... Several Oilers executives, including general manager Craig MacTavish, were in New York on Monday to scout the Rangers. Edmonton reportedly is talking about trading either LW Ales Hemsky or LW Nail Yakupov to the Rangers.