Apparently, the kids are all right wasn't just a Golden Globe award winning movie. The Panthers kiddie corps, led by a breakthrough performance by a rookie center Brandon Pirri, knocked off the star-studded San Jose Sharks 3-2 Tuesday night at the SAP Center, where they've been nearly unbeatable this season. While the Panthers are playing out the string with a lineup of eight skaters who spent time in the minor leagues this season and nine who are 24 or younger, the 97-point Sharks are battling the Ducks for Pacific Division supremacy. The Sharks came into Tuesday on a six-game winning streak and a 25-4-4 mark in the Shark Tank, the fewest regulation losses in the NHL – until the 15th-place Panthers began their four-game west coast trip with a stunning upset to go 2-0-1 in their last three. Of course, Panthers veteran goalie Roberto Luongo was far more than a supporting cast member as he kept his team within reach after forward Marty Havlat's slot-shot power-play goal gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 4:02 of the second. While protecting a two-goal lead after two, Luongo showed off his three-time Vezina Trophy finalist form as he made one sparkling save after another during the Sharks' unbelievable 29-2 third-period barrage, with most coming during three consecutive power plays, including a 51-second, two-man advantage. The Sharks outshot the Panthers 54-24, a season-high shots allowed by Florida.
Luongo makes 52 saves and Pirri stars in 3-2 win over Sharks
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Mar 19