"I've never seen anything like that," Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo said. "The great thing is I don't know how many time guys bailed me out where they had to score to keep it alive, and they did every time. It was amazing." Luongo also took to Twitter to share his excitement with fans on social media:
#WSHvsFLA shootout also set records for most shooters (36), shots by one player (2-Bjugstad/Jokinen/Ovechkin/Backstrom) & saves (15-Luongo).— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 17, 2014
Rumor has it that this stressed-out fan also blacked out, but we have no official word yet... The Panthers must have known luck was on their side when Sean Bergenheim, previously 0-9 in shootouts, scored to keep his team alive in the 11th frame. Florida needed a goal to stay alive five times in total, and each time they were able to find a way to put one past losing goalie Braden Holtby. “Definitely wasn’t fun to be a part of it,” Holtby said, according to the Washington Post. “Being on the end that, I just had to make a save when the game was on the line numerous times and I didn’t, that’s not a fun spot to be in. I thought we showed a lot of character, kept battling, got some big goals from some unlikely guys. That’s just a spot where I’d like to make a save and reward those guys.” Finally, Nick Bjugstad put an end to festivities in the 20th frame as he deked then faded out to the forehand side before sailing a wrister past the fatigued Capitals netminder. While Holtby and the Caps felt shame, Florida Panthers and their fans felt pride. They headed to the exit cheering "Let's Go Panthers" at full throat: 3-2, 15-frame shootout loss to the Rangers in 2005.
I blacked out what just happened???— Strombone (@strombone1) December 17, 2014