The old saying that 'two is company and three is a crowd' seems to fit the Panthers currrent goaltending logjam in which rookie Jacob Markstrom made a strong case for his oversized inclusion in the already crowded net.

While the 6-foot-6 Markstrom took his sixth loss in his seventh NHL start, but first in 13 months, in Friday night's 3-1 defeat to Pittsburgh at a soldout Consol Energy Center, the giant Swede put on a dazzling display while making 37 saves.

Markstrom 23, earned postgame Third Star honors, respect from the star-studded Penguins dressing room, and probably another start in this week's three-game homestand.

"He's a big goalie. That's a lot of pad out there.'' said Panthers defenseman Mike Weaver, who scored his seventh career goal, but first since Jan. 25, 2011.

"It's a tough building and he handled things great. I've heard a lot of good things about him this year in the minors. He came up and showed his stuff. I think we've got three really good goaltenders.''