RALEIGH, N.C. – Sam Reinhart scored in the final minute of regulation to force overtime, then Aaron Ekblad got free for a breakway goal just 16 seconds into overtime to give the Florida Panthers a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.
It was an abrupt turnaround in a matchup of the Eastern Conference’s top two teams in terms of points percentage.
It also marked the Panthers’ first game in more than two weeks due to the All-Star break.
Florida’s Aleksander Barkov also scored a goal.
Teuvo Teravainen and Tony DeAngelo scored goals for the Hurricanes, who never trailed in regulation.