Devils Vs. Panthers, Game 3: Florida Rallies To Win, 4-3

The Florida Panthers rallied from a three-goal deficit Tuesday to win Game 3 on the road, 4-3. The Panthers hold a 2-1 advantage in their first-round series with the New Jersey Devils.

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Panthers Vs. Devils, Game 3: Did Gamesmanship Backfire On New Jersey?

There's nothing wrong with a bit of gamesmanship, but the decision by the New Jersey Devils to "tweak" the ice conditions in advance of the Florida Panthers' warmup skate may well have backfired in Game 3.

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Devils Vs. Panthers Final Score, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3: Scott Clemmensen Guides Florida To 4-3 Comeback Win

The Florida Panthers, following a home split to start their series against the New Jersey Devils, started Game 3 by falling behind 3-0. New Jersey started the game brilliantly, and even though Jose Theodore could have done more to prevent the Devils' goals, his team never really gave him a chance. He was pulled in the first period for Scott Clemmensen and that move energized the Panthers. They scored twice in the first period, then twice in the second for an impressive 4-3 comeback win.

Clemmensen was excellent, making 19 saves, but the low number of shots he faced is an indicator of how well the Panthers played after Kevin Dineen made the goalie switch. Theodore allowed a goal to Zach Parise just 33 seconds in, and the Devils followed that up with a goal by Stephen Gionta and a power play goal by Patrick Elias to make it 3-0 after just 6:16 of play. When Clemmensen came in, the Devils made him make one save right away, then fell asleep for the remainder of the first period.

Bad penalties gifted the Panthers two power plays late in the first period, and they capitalized on both. Sean Bergenheim's goal with just under four minutes remaining in the first gave them a way back into the game, but it was Jason Garrison's goal just eight seconds before intermission that gave Florida the momentum.

Mike Weaver tied the game just over two minutes into the third period, at which point Peter DeBoer made the jaw-dropping decision to bench future hall of fame goalie Martin Brodeur. Though Johan Hedberg would go on to make 13 saves in a solid performance, that gamble did not pay off. Petr Sykora went to the penalty box five minutes into the period for high sticking, which led to the game-winning power play goal by Brian Campbell.

The Devils put the puck in the net at the end of the second period, but they weren't awarded the goal. Steve Bernier was judged to have interfered with Clemmensen when the puck was put on net and the goal was waived off. New Jersey would go on to have the better of the play in the third period as they pushed for the tying goal, but the Panthers were excellent defensively and held out for a one-goal comeback win to take a 2-1 series lead.

For more on the two teams, head over to New Jersey Devils blog In Lou We Trust and Florida Panthers blog Litter Box Cats.

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Devils Vs. Panthers, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3: Florida Rages Ahead, 4-3

The Florida Panthers have completely turned around their 3-0 deficit to start Game 3 against the New Jersey Devils. They scored twice at the end of the first period to cut the deficit to one goal, then scored twice early in the second period to take a 4-3 lead heading into the second intermission.

Under three minutes into the period, Mike Weaver scored a screened goal from the blue line to tie up the game at 3-3. At that point, Peter DeBoer made the stunning decision to pull Martin Brodeur after he allowed three goals on 12 shots. So far, that move has not paid off. His replacement Johan Hedberg gave up a goal four minutes later to Brian Campbell, though in Hedberg's defense, the goal came on a power play and he has been very good since.

Just before the end of the period, the Devils appeared to tie the game up but their goal was disallowed for a goalie interference penalty. Sean Bernier was judged to have interfered with Scott Clemmensen when the goal was scored, but the replay indicated that the contact was completely incidental and that Clemmensen had drifted a bit outside of the crease.

For more on the two teams, head over to New Jersey Devils blog In Lou We Trust and Florida Panthers blog Litter Box Cats.

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Devils Vs. Panthers, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 3: New Jersey Leads 3-2

Penalties, bad goaltending and a big shift in momentum have defined the first period of Game 3 between the Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils. Panthers goalie Jose Theodore got off to a nightmare start, allowing three goals in his first six shots faced, but Kevin Dineen changed goalies and completely changed momentum. They scored twice before the end of the period, and the Devils lead 3-2 at the first intermission.

Zach Parise scored just 33 seconds into the game for the Devils, and that was followed up by another goal less than four minutes into the period. Two minutes after that, Kris Versteeg picked up an interference penalty and Patrick Elias scored on the ensuing power play to make it 3-0.

Theodore was pulled and Scott Clemmensen entered, but he had almost no work in the final 10 minutes of the period. He's faced just one shot during his time in the game. The Panthers completely turned the game around after Clemmensen entered, and they recorded all nine of the period's shots on target between the two teams.

The Devils gifted momentum back to the Panthers in the final four minutes, committing a couple of penalties and giving away two power plays. The first was committed by Elias and led to a goal by Sean Bergenheim. With just under two minutes left in the period, Devils Steve Bernier and Bryce Salvador were given penalties for roughing, along with the Panthers' Scottie Upshall, giving Florida a power play. Jason Garrison converted eight minutes before the end of the period, giving his team a huge boost heading into the locker room.

For more on the two teams, head over to New Jersey Devils blog In Lou We Trust and Florida Panthers blog Litter Box Cats.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Devils Vs. Panthers Game 3: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

With the series tied 1-1, New Jersey and Florida square off in a crucial Game Three on Tuesday night.

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