At the 13:52 mark, Chara used a nice spin move before beating Markstrom with a backhander.
"What can I say? It's a good hockey play and a good shot," Markstrom said. "I didn't think he was going to score, but he did. That's a good goal."
Chara said that he didn't plan the spin-o-rama.
"I think it just happened," Chara said. "Obviously you can't really plan that kind of a goal, those kind of moves. My game is simple. That's not my priority. But I'm glad and happy we got a lead with that goal."
The Panthers got one goal back with 4:22 left in the opening stanza. Kopecky chipped in a loose puck in the crease to make it 2-1.