SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—The Florida Panthers finally won at home.
It was the Panthers first home win since Oct. 9.
“There was a lot of pressure on the team with the distraction of home-ice advantage or disadvantage,” Panthers coach Mike Keenan said. “They responded well even with a goal deficit. We kept our composure and kept at it.”
Bure’s second goal put Florida ahead 4-3 with 6:39 left, and Van Ryn followed with a power-play goal with 4:16 to go.
“It was a big relief for our club,” Bure said. “We wanted to win and showed a lot of character after falling behind.”
The Panthers had 46 shots, their highest total of the season.
“I do not think they had that many shots on goal,” Penguins coach Ed Olczyk said. “I know exactly the kind of (stuff) that he (Keenan) pulls. He just wanted to rub our face in it.”
Keenan didn’t see it the same way.
“We’re going to continue to preach shooting because that’s what you have to do in the NHL against goaltending that is exceptional,” Keenan said. “It’s the shot mentality.”
Kraft’s second goal put the Penguins ahead 3-2 48 seconds into the third period, but Weiss, recalled from San Antonio on Thursday, tied it at 5:03 with his first goal since March 3.
“It was a big goal for me,” Weiss said. “It’s to get a few points in your first game back.”
Bure opened the scoring 52 seconds into the first period, his first goal in38 regular-season games.
Lemieux has a strained muscle in his left hip. He also will miss the Penguins’ game Saturday night at Tampa Bay. … Florida beat Pittsburgh for thesixth consecutive game. … Fleury started his fifth straight game.