SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers, playing their home opener and celebrating their 20th NHL season, beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 Friday night at the BB&T Center.
The Panthers scored twice in the second period to break at 2-2 tie and added a goal in the third to beat the previously undefeated Penguins.
Both teams used their backup goalies. The Penguins' Jeff Zatkoff made his NHL debut, starting in place of Marc Andre-Fleury. For the Panthers, Jacob Markstrom replaced injured Panthers' goalie Tim Thomas.
The Panthers improved to 2-3. The Penguins fell to 3-1.
Florida took a 3-2 lead early in the second period on Jonathan Huberdeau's power-play goal in which he was parked in front of the net. Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann got the assists.
Just over a minute later, Panthers' rookie Aleksander Barkov made it 4-2 when his centering pass from behind the goal deflected off the leg of Penguins' defenseman Paul Martin and into his own net.
Pittsburgh cut its deficit to 4-3 when Sidney Crosby made a dazzling behind-his-back pass to Pascal Dupuis, who scored on a sharp-angled shot from the left side.
But the Panthers scored again with 13:33 left in the third period when Fleischmann followed his own shot and deposited the rebound past Zatkoff.
The Panthers added a power-play goal by Brad Boyes with 33.8 seconds left in the game.
To start the game, the Panthers needed less than two minutes (1:55) to get a shot past the 26-year-old Zatkoff. After a Penguins' turnover, Boyes got the puck and beat Zatkoff with a high wrist shot.
It was the first time this season that the Penguins trailed.
The Penguins answered less than four minutes later when Beau Bennett made a nifty steal and fed Evgeni Malkin for his first goal of the season.
Florida and Pittsburgh traded goals again later in the action-packed first period. First, Scott Gomez, operating behind the Penguins' goal, centered a pass to Versteeg, who gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead with his one-timer.
The Penguins tied the score 2-2 on a scoring chance that started with Tanner Glass' wrap-around attempt and ended with Craig Adams' rebound goal.
NOTES: The Panthers' unveiled their new state-of-the-art $4.2 million scoreboard, which was sold as the centerpiece to luring more events to the arena, including the NHL's All-Star Weekend. Already, the NHL has committed to having the Panthers host one of the next three NHL drafts at the BB&T Center. ... Thomas (groin injury) did some work at Thursday's practice. ... Also scratched Friday were Panthers' D Ryan Whitney, Penguins D Deryk Engelland and Penguins' LW James Neal. ... Fleury is off to a great start -- 3-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average. ... Zatkoff, who is from Detroit, was the Los Angeles Kings' third-round pick in 2006. His father, Jeff, was an NBA draft pick of the Indiana Pacers, and his great uncle, Roger Zatkoff, was an NFL linebacker in the 1950s. ... Penguins' D Kris Letang (knee injury) is practicing hard and could return in a few days. Neal (upper-body injury) is week-to-week. ... Many former players were present Friday in honor of the Panthers' 20th anniversary, including ex-captain Brian Skrudland and the team's first-ever draft pick, Rob Niedermayer. Also on hand were Wayne Huizenga, the team's first owner, and Vinnie Viola, the current owner.