Panthers 5, Penguins 3
Oct. 05, 1997
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Dave Gagner had three goals and Bill Lindsay scored the tie-breaker with 18 seconds left in the third period to give the Florida Panthers a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
The Panthers scored three goals in the last 2:29. Gagner tied the score 3-3 at 17:31 when he grabbed a puck behind the net and whacked at it. The puck went in off defenseman Kevin Hatcher's skate.
Lindsay was denied on a wraparound attempt but was in position to tap in Paul Laus' pass from the left-wing boards for a 4-3 Pittsburgh lead.
Gagner completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal.
Florida goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck registered his 289th career win and tied Ed Giacomin for 16th place on the career list.
Chris Ferraro gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 1:11 of the second period when he jumped on Gord Murphy's clearing attempt and beat Vanbiesbrouck.
Jody Hull tied it with a shorthanded goal at 3:48. He knocked Penguins defenseman Fredrik Olausson off the puck along the boards, then skated to the net and tapped in Kirk Muller's centering pass.
Jaromir Jagr gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead when he scored his first goal on a power play at 6:22. The Panthers tied the score during a four-minute Pittsburgh power play at 7:44 when Gagner fired a shot past Ken Wregget's glove from the top of the left circle.