COLUMBUS–For the second Friday night in a row the Florida Panthers won a game in a shootout, besting the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 Friday night. Aleksander Barkov scored in the fourth round of the shootout after Jonathon Huberdeau scored on his attempt to keep the game tied after the first three shooters.
Earlier in the game Vincent Trocheck scored when his shot from the goal line banked off the leg of a Columbus defenseman trying to cut off a cross-ice pass early in the second period. Later that period Michael Chaput tied the game for the Blue Jackets.
For the Panthers, they received a solid relief game from backup goalie Al Montoya, who stopped 23 of 24 shots in regulation and three of four attempts in the shootout. Highlights and a full nhl.com summary can be found here:
The win pushed the Panthers (13-9-4) into fourth place in the Atlantic Division. It was the fifth straight win for the Panthers, who go for a sweep of a five-game road trip Sunday evening in New Jersey.
The Panthers top line was held scoreless again. It’s been a week since Brandon Pirri was promoted to the first line, and while he has scored two goals in that time, Barkov and Jaromir Jagr have yet to score. Jagr was robbed by a highight reel save by Pekka Rinne in Thursday’s game and was trying to jam in a rebound in the final minute Friday.
Jagr has been kept off the scoresheet since straining a knee in a domino collision in the win over the Islanders Nov. 27. Without a quality substitute the proud Jagr continues to press on, adapting his game and still getting chances to impact the game.
Yesterday we had a technical error and now present an article from NHL.com about his effectiveness.
An OT loss by Boston enabled the Panthers to pass the Bruins in the standings.
As the Panthers go for their sixth straight win Sunday, one of our twitter friends offers this: