The Florida Panthers ended a short two-game homestand with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at BB&T Center on Saturday night. The Panthers, who have won five of their last seven games, now head for the road to play their next six games. It was the first shootout played this season by the Blue Jackets.
Jaromir Jagr collected his third goal of the year and 752nd NHL goal for Florida(11-9-1) with 3:15 remaining in the first period. Shawn Thornton put a snap shot on net from the top left circle which was saved by Sergei Bobrosky. Aleksander Barkov was to the left side of the crease and fed Jagr for a soft shot from the low slot. Thornton was credited on the play for his first point of the campaign.
Columbus(11-5-4) waited until 7:10 left in the third period to tie it at 1-1. Brandon Dubinsky won the draw in the right circle and placed it back to Cam Atkinson at the top right circle. His shot hit traffic in front, bounced to Brandon Saad in the low right circle and he flicked a backhand shot by Roberto Luongo.
The contest went into a shootout and the Panthers were the club with the successful attempt. Barkov scored on the Cats second opportunity as he shifted to the backhand and roofed in a shot for the win.