The worst news out of Tuesday could come in the following days when Kris Vertseeg's right knee is evaluated.

Versteeg -- who scored Florida's first goal 13 ticks into the second -- went sprawling after making contact with Radko Gudas and stayed on the ice in pain for a few minutes before being helped into the locker room.

"Sometimes when it rains it pours,'' said Jack Skille. "That's the nature of the game. You have to battle through it.''

-- Mike Santos said there has been no resolution to the Alex Kovalev situation. Kovalev is on the Panthers roster but is no longer with the team and is free to find another team.

Kovalev, 40, could also retire.