Panthers Vs. Devils, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 5: Florida Grabs 1-0 Lead

The Florida Panthers struck first in their game five matchup against the New Jersey Devils on Saturdayay evening, and they now lead 1-0 after two periods of play.

It didn't take long for Kris Versteeg to net his second goal of the playoffs on a power play strike exactly four minutes into the second period. Stephen Weiss and Brian Campbell were each credited with an assist. (Watch the goal in the video below).


The Devils were outshot by Florida 12-6 in the second period, and have yet to rattle the cage of Jose Theodore, who has been much better than he was the last time out, a game in which the Devils chased him early in the contest.

The winner of tonight's contest will take a 3-2 series lead. All four of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal match ups will advance to at least six games.

For more on the Devils, head over to the SB Nation blog In Lou We Trust.

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