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Devils lose four-goal lead in overtime loss to Panthers


NEWARK, NJ — Gustav Forsling scored twice, including 1:45 into overtime, as the Florida Panthers overcame a four-goal deficit and beat the New Jersey Devils 7-6 on Saturday.

Aleksander Barkov also scored two goals. Defenders Radko Gudas, Ben Chiarot and Brandon Montour each scored for Florida, which won its third straight game.

Spencer Knight stopped six shots, earning the victory over Sergei Bobrovsky, who was retired after allowing six goals on 25 shots in the first two periods.

New Jersey forward Yegor Sharangovich scored his first career hat trick. Jack Hughes, Janne Kuokkanen and Andreas Johnsson also scored for the Devils, who fell for the eighth time in 11 games. Andrew Hammond took the loss, his first of the season, allowing seven goals on 41 shots in his debut for the Devils.

Gustav Forsling celebrates his winning goal in extra time.
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Panthers players celebrate Radko Gudas' second goal in the period.
Panthers players celebrate Radko Gudas’ second period goal.
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The Devils led 6-2 after two periods after a four-goal second period that included two goals from Sharangovich. He completed his hat trick with a shorthanded goal against Bobrovsky that gave New Jersey a 5-2 lead.

But the Panthers, who improved to 9-13-1 as they trailed after two periods, regained the upper hand in the third. Florida outscored New Jersey 23-5 in the third, and Barkov scored twice with Knight on the bench, tying the game with his second of the game and 33rd of the season with 1:24 left in regulation.

Forsling capped off the incredible comeback by beating Hammond 1:45 into the extra session.

New York Post

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