As this one wore on, it was evident Florida defenseman Bryan Allen was having himself a Big Night.
Finishing with 29:18 TOI (second in the game to teammate Bryan McCabe), the Kingston native stamped his best all-around performance of the season with 1g, 1a, +2, 3 SOG and the gamewinner in overtime.
Against San Jose, which led 2-0 going into the second period. Truly incredible. If anyone wagered on the Cats to pull out a victory over the NHL's second-ranked club, they're swimming in coin right about now.
The Panthers - offering up a flat, emotionless first frame - came out a changed and salvaged bunch for the second, and continued to improve to a point where the third was owned by Florida. Full kudos to coach DeBoer and his staff for not letting this one end the way logic demanded it would.
Keith Ballard and Shawn Matthias (2 points, +3) also scored for the visitors, while Tomas Vokoun stopped 37 shots. Radek Dvorak ended the day with 2 assists (+2).
More to come in a bit...