Panther win in OT thriller, first game since the Bjugstad, McCann trade

Pittsburgh Penguins center Dominik Simon (12) and Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson (19) go for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Thursday night, the Florida Panthers were back in action against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Their first game since sending Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann to the 2017 Stanley Cup champions for Derick Brassard, Riley Sheahan and a couple 2019 draft picks.
Mid-second period while the Panthers led 1-0, thanks to an Evgenii Dadonov goal, they were caught short handed and it was Jared McCann who slipped past a slightly slower Derick Brassard and kept it to score on Roberto Luongo and tie it up at one.
It was the Panthers who got the last laugh though as the game went into overtime it looked as if the game would head into a shootout but the 2012 draft pick Mike Matheson scored with 0:46 left to win the game.
The Panthers, after losing 7 straight, have now won 5 of the last 7 games and head to the reigning champions Washington Capitols Saturday night, quickly turning around back home for a Sunday game against the Turnpike rival Tampa Bay Lightning. The Panthers need to win as much as possible as they are 14 points behind the Wild Card spot.