The Florida Panthers were in danger of falling into a 2-0 hole on Sunday in Game 2 of their NHL playoff matchup with the New Jersey Devils. But the Panthers came out strong, breaking through for the first goal of the game, then adding a second early in the second period to take a 2-0 lead on the Devils.
The power play has been the Panthers friend, and Stephen Weiss has been on the money twice. In the first period, Andy Greene was sent to the box for tripping just 11 seconds in -- a penalty that sent bodies sliding every which way. Just 12 seconds later, Weiss scored the first goal of the game, and the Panthers were in front early.
Late in the period, Alexei Ponikarovsky was sent to the box for a high stick, and though the first frame ended harmlessly, his transgression would prove costly after the break. Just over a minute into the second, with Ponikarovsky still in the box as his penalty time wound down, Weiss struck again, and the lead was 2-0 for the Panthers.
That's where it stands midway through the second as the Panthers look to even the series before it heads to New Jersey.