The Panthers played a lot of hockey Monday yet needed a little extra time to finish off a preseason sweep of Nashville at the BB&T Center.
In Game 1, Florida got a 6-3 win thanks in part to two-goal games from Erik Gudbranson and Scottie Upshall.
Later that night, Tomas Fleischmann’s goal with 46.2 seconds left in overtime served as the winner as the Panthers won 3-2.
In the opener, the Panthers scored five unanswered goals kicked off by back-to-back markers from Gudbranson within a four-minute span in the second.
Florida, playing in a nearly empty arena, trailed 3-1 in the opening period before Gudbranson’s first goal with 5:46 left in the second brought Florida within one. After that, Brad Boyes, in camp on a pro tryout, scored for the Panthers’ first lead.
Upshall, who scored Florida’s first goal, got his second of the game with 6:37 left before Quinton Howden closed out the scoring 2:16 later.
Florida outshot Nashville 41-21 in the opener.
“Once we tied it up, we continued to push and that was huge,” Gudbranson said.
In the second game, Florida trailed 2-1 in the second period but tied it when Tomas Kopecky took a feed from rookie Aleksander Barkov and threw it at goalie Cody Reichard on a power-play chance. The puck hit Reichard’s skate and bounded into the net.
Fleischmann, who played on a line with Barkov, scored the winner.
Florida was outshot 30-27 in the second game.Mike Santos Tom Gilbert Vince Trocheck
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