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Three straight overtime losses for struggling Panthers

Feb 16, 2013, 8:42 PM EDT

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The Florida Panthers built up a two-goal lead early in the third period Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but that evaporated.

The Panthers eventually lost 6-5 in overtime – thanks in large part to a brilliant Steven Stamkos pass that led to Teddy Purcell tying the game late in the third period – and have now lost three consecutive games in the extra period.

“It’s all over again,” Tomas Kopecky, who scored the fifth Panthers goal, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

“We lost the last game like this. We’ve got to play a full 60 minutes. We know they’re going to come out hard the last five minutes. We tried to play too cute. You’re going to have to play defensively really good, especially toward the end when we have a lead; get the pucks out and do the simple things.”

The Panthers are coming a playoff appearance last spring – their first since 2000.

However, the Panthers, now winless in their last four games, are 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 4-6-4 record.

“Right now there’s a confidence factor that plays into it,” Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen told

“You get stung like this as many times as we have in a row, then there is a little bit of a confidence factor. But I believe we have the right guys that can go out there and get the job completed.”

  1. capsfan19 - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    What pisses me off is that theyre still getting points out of this

  2. steelers88 - Feb 16, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    At least their getting points so what if they have a 3 game straight losing streak in overtime their getting points.

  3. capsfan19 - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Thats whats stupid….

  4. z561 - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Watching the Panthers is like watching a scripted Harlem Globetrotters game, only the “good guys” always lose.

  5. 19to77 - Feb 17, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I think the point is that you need to play more than a full 60 minutes, Kopecky, considering you just lost three games in overtime.

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