The Panthers were in action at the BB&T Center Saturday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Once again though the Canes made a come from behind victory within 2 weeks against the Cats.
At goalie Sam Montembeault, 22, was recalled from AHL Springfield Feb. 27 on an emergency basis and made his NHL debut filling in for Luongo.
Montembeault didn’t get the start he wanted as he quickly gave the Panthers a 2 goal deficit within the first couple of minutes of the game.
Luckily the other young guy who has felt the nerves of being a rookie helped out, as Henrik Borgstrom cut the lead by 1, followed by a goal from Mark Pysyk to tie it up midway through the first.
After a quiet second period, Borgstrom once again scored giving the Panthers a 3-2 lead.
But once again that lead was short lived by a hungry Canes team looking to catch up to the Islanders and Capitals for 1st in the Metro Division as they scored late in the 3rd and eventually push to overtime. Sebastian Aho scored at 1:46 of overtime to lift the Hurricanes to a 4-3 win.
Henrik Borgstrom had two goals and an assist. Sam Montembeault made 22 saves in his NHL debut.
The Panthers lost their third consecutive overtime game.
“Up 3-2 with 8 minutes to go, it’s a little tough to swallow,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said.
Panthers host the Ottawa Senators Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. at the BB&T Center. Listen to the game live on 640 The Hurricane.