The Florida Panthers appear poised not to let their most recent setback completely derail another run of success. Florida (31-15-6) seemed headed for a sixth straight victory Saturday before allowing Pittsburgh to tie the game with two goals in the final 5:04 of regulation in the eventual 3-2 overtime defeat. For the third time this season, the Atlantic Division-leading Panthers have a point in at least five consecutive games.
Although John Tavares can sympathize with the pressure and expectations foisted on phenom Connor McDavid, their teams are in far different positions. Tavares is trying to help the New York Islanders get back into the playoff picture Sunday against the highly touted rookie and the last-place Edmonton Oilers. Expectations were high when Tavares was selected first overall at age 18 in 2009.
The Pittsburgh Penguins' star players came through for a comeback win. Kris Letang had two goals and an assist, including the winning score on a power play in overtime, and Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists to lift the Penguins over the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Saturday night. Trailing 2-0, Pittsburgh scored twice in the final 5:04 of regulation to tie the game and had the winner in overtime, and Crosby and Letang were involved in all three goals.