Cullen put a shot over Florida goalie Roberto Luongo's right
shoulder for the only score in the shootout.
Referees Marc Joannette and Chris Lee called a total of 31 minor
penalties in the game, including five in overtime.
Gary Roberts got his first Florida goal on a power play 6½
minutes into the second. It was the first of five man-advantages
the Panthers enjoyed in the period after they went 0-for-4 in the
Niklas Nordgren evened it at 2 with a short-handed goal at 15:24
as he redirected a Rod Brind'Amour pass beyond Luongo to finish off
A crowd of 10,218 took in the first NHL game in South Florida in
more than 16 months. Seven minors were assessed in the opening
period, including a hooking call on Nordgren just 9 seconds in and
a tripping penalty against Carolina defenseman Aaron Ward at 2:01.
Gerber held off six straight power-play shots to begin the game.
Luongo, who stopped 36 of 37 shots, made a pad save on Kevyn
Adams with 1:24 left in the third to keep the game tied. He stopped
six shots in overtime, the first four while the Panthers were