Thursday, December 15, 2016

Jets Go By Panthers

     The Florida Panthers lost to the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in a shootout at MTS Centre on Thursday night. It was the second game of a third-game road trip for the Panthers who scored three times on the power play for the first time this season.
     Florida(13-13-5) compiled 19 shots during the first period and they were still down 1-0. Mathieu Perreault stopped at the left point and steered a pass to Patrik Laine. His cross-ice pass went to Dustin Byfuglein in the right circle and he scored on a wrist shot past Roberto Luongo with 11 seconds left.
      The Panthers would score on a power play at 4:51 of the second period to tie it at 1-1. Nick Bjugstad tried to stuff the puck in from the left side of the crease and Aleksander Barkov followed on the rebound for his seventh goal this year. Jaromir Jagr collected his 100th point with Florida on the play with an assist.
     The Cats moved to a 2-1 lead on another power-play goal at 8:36. Reilly Smith waited and snapped a shot by Connor Hellebucyk following a fed by Seth Griffith.
    Winnipeg(14-16-3) evened it up midway through the period at 10:11. Paul Postma fired a slapshot from the right point which was stopped, but Adam Lowry poked in the second rebound in the blue paint.
     Florida improved to 3-for-3 on the power play at 11:58 as Vincent Trocheck scored. Ekblad got a backhand cross-ice pass from Smith in the low left circle. His shot was saved and Trocheck slid the puck in from close range.
     The Jets scored on a 4-on-4 circumstance at 2:36 of the third period to pull even 3-3. Blake Wheeler was in the top right circle when he angled a pass to Bryan Little in the low left circle and he lifted in a shot.
     The contest moved past overtime and into a shootout. Trocheck scored only for Florida on their first shooting attempt. Little matched it with a backhand shot on the Jets third attempt. Perreault would close the game for Winnipeg during their sixth shooting attempt.

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