The Florida Panthers are off to a slow start this season in overtime games and dropped another on Saturday in Arizona.
The final score of this one was 2-1 and the win by the Arizona Coyotes marked the third time this year an opponent has beaten Florida in overtime. The Panthers have only come away victorious once and that was in their last game in Colorado. With the overtime loss, Florida now is 2-2-3 on the season.
Roberto Luongo had a fine day as he saved 39 of 41 attempts with the goals coming in the third period and then in OT. Both of the goals came during power plays for the Coyotes. After a lackluster start to the season, Luongo has turned in several fine outings and has given Florida every chance to win more games.
Brandon Pirri put the lone goal for Florida in the net and it was the second straight game he did so. This was after Pirri was a healthy scratch for the Panthers multiple times, which is something that is unlikely to happen again anytime soon. The goal came on Pirri's only shot on goal. Tomas Fleischmann and Jussi Jokinen were credited with assists on that goal.
Jimmy Hayes, Colby Robak and Dave Bolland were all scratched for the Panthers in this game. Hayes and Robak were healthy scratches while Boland is battling a lower back injury.
In terms of power plays, Arizona had eight total and were successful on two of them. The Panthers meanwhile were 0-2 on their power play chances. Arizona also easily won the shots on goal competition with its 41 as opposed to Florida's 24.
The Panthers will return home on Thursday for another game against the Coyotes at 7:30 p.m.