WASHINGTON, D.C. - Florida may have avoided a shootout Saturday as Tomas Kopecky was robbed of a point-blank shot moments after Tomas Fleischmann tied the score at 2 late in the third period.
Coach Kevin Dineen said the play was reviewed and determined the puck didn't go over the line.
Kopecky, still without a goal this season, threw his head in his hands after getting back to the bench in frustration.
"He had a heck of a chance at the end,'' Dineen said. "I would have liked to see that puck go in, find a way into the net.''
-- If Florida is looking for internal improvement, rookie forward Vincent Trocheck has to be at the top of the list. Trocheck had two assists in San Antonio's 5-3 win over Rick DiPietro and the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday night.
Trocheck, who led the Ontario Hockey League with 50 goals last season, leads Florida's AHL affiliate in scoring with six goals and five assists and has seven points off three goals in the past three games.
Although Panthers management has said they would like the 20-year-old to continue maturing in the AHL, for a team that is struggling to score, seeing Trocheck light it up in the minors could be tempting.