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Barkov wins it for Panthers in OT against Hurricanes

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Florida Panthers defenseman Gus Forsling, claimed off waivers from Carolina during training camp, scored in the third period Saturday night. He is pictured facing Carolina on Thursday night. // Photo by Roger Topalian, 21st Century Photography (561) 488-0000

Patric Hornqvist said before Saturday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes that the Panthers power play would be better than it was on Thursday.

It would have been tough to be worse. But, Florida’s penalty kill certainly was much improved.

The Panthers found themselves down two goals early in the third period, but a shorthanded goal by Alex Wennberg tied the score and gave the Panthers a much-needed boost.

That allowed Sasha Barkov to win it with a spectacular no-look shot to lead the Panthers to a 4-3 win just 24 seconds into overtime.

The OT victory snapped a six-game winless streak against Carolina, a team which still picked up a much-needed point in the standings as the Hurricanes still hold two games in hand on the Panthers.

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