For the past few days, Panthers coach Gerard Gallant has stressed to his team that they had the chance to make a good road trip a great one.
Thanks to a rash of penalties, it will just remain a pretty good one.
Saturday night’s 2-1 overtime loss to the host Coyotes was one in which Florida players watched a good portion from their spot in the penalty box.
Arizona scored its goals on its sixth and eighth power play chances of the night with Oliver Ekman-Larsson winning it in overtime with Aleksander Barkov watching helplessly.
Florida again got great goaltending from Roberto Luongo as he made 39 saves to help the Panthers finish a road trip 2-0-2 that had stopovers in Buffalo, Washington, Denver and the Arizona desert.
The Panthers have at least a point in all five of their road games this season.
The Coyotes appeared to take the first lead early in the second when B.J. Crombeen batted down a shot from Keith Yandle.
Crombeen brought his stick up above the crossbar, however, before knocking the puck past Luongo. After a lengthy review from hockey central in Toronto, the ruling on the ice was overturned and the game remained scoreless.
“That was all instincts,” Crombeen said during the second intermission.
In the third, Florida grabbed the 1-0 advantage when Tomas Fleischmann corralled the puck behind the net and fed it to Brandon Pirri in the slot. Pirri made a nice move on Smith and shoveled a backhander right past him 1:47 into the period.
Arizona tied it on its sixth power play opportunity as Justin Hodgman scored in his first NHL game by burying a pass from Lauri Korpikoski while camped out on Luongo’s right side.
The Coyotes continued to come at Luongo (19 of their shots came from the third period on) and won it when Sam Gagner fed Ekman-Larsson 2:20 into the extra session.