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Upshall goal lifts Panthers over Devils 5-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 14, 2014 at 11:17 pm •  Published: March 14, 2014
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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Roberto Luongo got the best of his former goalie teammate yet again.

Scottie Upshall scored the go-ahead goal, Luongo stopped 28 shots, and the Florida Panthers beat the New Jersey Devils 5-3 on Friday night.

Vincent Trocheck, Brad Boyes, Quinton Howden and Brian Campbell also scored for Florida. Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists, and Boyes also had an assist.

Patrik Elias had a goal and assist, and Bryce Salvador and Jaromir Jagr also scored for the Devils. Cory Schneider — Luongo's former teammate with the Vancouver Canucks — made 17 saves.

Luongo and Schneider faced each other for the first time with their new teams. Schneider was traded to the Devils last summer, and Luongo was sent to the Panthers in a trade on March 4.

Luongo beat Schneider for the third time this season, twice with the Canucks, but didn't take any special pleasure in beating his ex-teammate.

"No, I actually feel bad," Luongo said. "I gave it my all, and so is he. Happy to get the win, for sure, but it's too bad for him."

The Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak and handed the Devils their first loss in three games.

Schneider has struggled lately, allowing 15 goals in his last three starts, including seven in a loss at Detroit on March 7.

"Whatever I'm doing right now is just not working, and I've got to find a way to get out of this," Schneider said.

Behind 3-2, the Panthers scored three times in the third period to win it.

Florida tied it on Boyes' goal. Boyes stole a pass from Mark Fayne in the slot, and his shot went between Schneider's pads at 4:24. Upshall's wrist shot from the right circle at 10:00 gave the Panthers a 4-3 lead.

"I'm really not happy with that last goal. It deflates the team. I never like goals to go under me or through me," Schneider said.

Luongo is hoping that Schneider can turn around his season.

"It happens to everybody. It's a long season. He's been lights out the whole year," Luongo said. "You go through stretches where things don't go as well. He's a great goalie and he's strong mentally. He'll get out of it."

The Panthers have accepted their role as spoiler, with a lot of young players filling in for injured veterans.

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