SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—The Florida Panthers found the perfect solution to their scoring struggles.
They just kept shooting.
The Panthers took 40 shots and scored more than twice for the first time in seven games in a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Saturday night.
“Finally, we were able to bounce back,” Jokinen said. “We were two goals down, but we didn’t stop working. We stayed with our game plan and if you’re able to do that, good things will happen.”
Jokinen scored his 12th goal of the season when he beat Jean-Sebastian Giguere to the glove side. Anaheim has now lost six straight on the road and is winless in 13 consecutive road games.
“You have to keep pushing, especially on the road,” Giguere said. “There’s no excuses for us. You have to look ahead.”
Florida has recorded at least a point in each of its past five home games.
“Last year, all the teams wanted to play us here because we couldn’t win,” Jokinen said. “But now, we’re on a roll here.”
The Panthers tied the game at 2-all with less than a minute left in the second period, when Marcus Nilson tapped the puck past Giguere. Jay Bouwmeester had hit the post with a shot just before Nilson scored and the rebound came to a rest just inches from the goal line.
Matt Cullen pulled Florida to 2-1 when he beat Giguere, who finished with 37 saves, six minutes into the second period.
“I don’t think on the bench I ever saw them getting into a funk,” Panthers coach Rick Dudley said of his team’s early deficit. “We kept focused and eventually we got some pucks in the net.”
Craig Johnson provided Anaheim with the early lead 9:26 into the first period. Johnson collected his own rebound in front of the net and put a shot past Luongo. It was Johnson’s first goal in 32 games this season.
It was the only meeting between Florida and Anaheim this season. Florida holds a 9-4-3-1 advantage over the Mighty Ducks since the two teams entered the NHL together in 1993. Anaheim center Rob Niedermayer (groin) and defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh (shoulder) both missed the game against their formerteam with injuries.