Panthers Strike Back - Again

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No lead is safe against a great team. The Buffalo Sabres led 3-0 and 4-1 on Thursday, but the Panthers rallied in the second half of the contest to earn a 7-4 victory. It was the second straight game where Florida needed to rally back from a 4-1 deficit. They were down by that margin going into the third period of Tuesday’s game against Washington, but ended up earning a 5-4 victory. Thanks to those recent come-from-behind wins, Florida is now 16-4-3 this season and is keeping pace with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the battle for the top spot in the Atlantic Division.

Comebacks of that scale are somewhat rare, but it’s not as unusual for the Panthers. While Florida has outscored the competition this season in every period, by far their best frame has been the third where they have a 33-18 edge in scoring. Florida has a 3-4-1 record in games where they’re trialing after two periods, which is really good when you consider how hard it is to claw your way back after being down through 40 minutes. In fact, their .375 winning percentage when down after two periods is the third highest in the league.

Obviously Florida would rather start a game strong and cruise from there, but they have to be pleased with the fact that they often can claw their way out of a jam when they need to.

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Cale Makar scored the game-winning goal. It was his 10th goal and 21st point in 18 games.

Valeri Nichushkin found the back of the net and registered an assist for Colorado. That gives him six goals and 11 points in 11 contests.

Jonas Johansson turned aside 19 of 20 shots. It was a great bounce back game for him after he was charged with eight goals against Toronto on Wednesday.

Montreal’s other goal was scored by Ben Chiarot. It was his fifth goal and sixth point in 25 games.

Jake Allen kicked out 30 of 33 shots last night. He’s allowed at least three goals in three of his last four starts.


Victor Hedman led the charge for the Lightning with two goals and an assist. He’s up to five goals and 22 points in 22 contests.

Ondrej Palat scored a goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was his fifth goal and 13th point in 22 games.

Robert Thomas and Scott Perunovich assisted on both of the Blues’ goals. Thomas is having a great season with two goals and 22 points in 23 contests.

Ville Husso stopped 31 of 35 shots Thursday night. He’s surrendered three or more goals in each of his last three starts.

At the other end of the ice, Andrei Vasilevskiy saved 26 of 28 shots. He was actually perfect in 5-on-5 play, but he did surrender two power-play goals.


This game started off amazingly for the Sabres. They were up 3-0 through 20 minutes and enjoyed a 4-1 lead midway through the second period. Vinnie Hinostroza played a big role in the Sabres’ early success by providing two goals.

From there though, it was all Panthers with them scoring six unanswered goals. Jonathan Huberdeau led the charge for Florida with a goal and four assists. He has eight goals and 28 points in 23 games.

Sam Reinhart also had a big game for Florida with a goal and three helpers. He’s up to six goals and 17 points in 23 contests.

Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad contributed two goals and an assist. He has eight goals and 23 points in 23 games.

Sergei Bobrovsky got the start for Florida, but he allowed four goals on 12 shots. After being yanked, Spencer Knight saved 19 straight shots to do his part in the comeback.

Meanwhile, Aaron Dell had another rough night. To be fair, he did face 43 shots and the Panthers’ final two goals were empty netters, but still Dell was charged with five goals. He has a 0-5-0 record, 4.70 GAA, and .868 save percentage in six games.


Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 of 28 shots in regulation time. He was then perfect in three shootout rounds to get the win.

Vitek Vanecek also saved 25 of 28 shots before the shootout. The difference is he allowed a goal in one of two rounds and thus missed out on the extra point.

Nic Dowd scored a goal and registered an assist for Washington. He has three goals and seven points in 16 games.

Alex DeBrincat contributed a goal and an assist on the Blackhawks’ end. He’s up to 13 goals and 17 points in 22 contests.

Seth Jones also chipped in a goal and an assist for Chicago. That gives him three goals and 19 points in 22 games.


Alex Formenton scored the first two goals of the game, though they were spaced far apart with his first goal coming just 2:43 minutes into the contest and his second at 9:05 of the third frame. The Senators forward has four goals and five points in 18 games.

Carolina staged a comeback attempt with goals from Teuvo Teravainen and Andrei Svechnikov. Svechnikov’s marker was his ninth goal and 21st point in 22 games.

That tied the game at 2-2, but Josh Norris managed to win it for the Senators. He has nine goals and 15 points in 21 contests.

Anton Forsberg played a huge part of the Senators victory by stopping 47 of 49 shots. Ottawa was actually outshot a staggering 20-3 in the first period but emerged from that frame up 1-0 thanks to Forsberg.

Antti Raanta stopped 17 of 20 shots last night. That dropped him to 3-1-1 with a 2.49 GAA and .894 save percentage in six games.

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The Islanders’ lone goal was scored by Mathew Barzal. He actually found the back of the net at 1:04 of the first period, but New York never built on that early lead.

Ilya Sorokin stopped 33 of 35 Sharks shots. He has a 5-6-3 record, 2.39 GAA, and .929 save percentage in 14 starts.

Erik Karlsson accounted for the overtime winner. It was his fifth goal and 13th point in 17 games.

Timo Meier assisted on both of the Sharks’ goals. He has 11 goals and 24 points in 18 contests.

Adin Hill turned aside 24 of 25 shots on Thursday. He’s 5-5-0 with a 2.74 GAA and .903 save percentage in 11 games.


Jeremy Swayman stopped 42 shots to earn his first shutout of the season. That was a great response after he allowed four goals against the Rangers in his previous start.

Roman Josi managed a staggering nine shots on Swayman. Ultimately though, Josi had nothing to show for his efforts.

Jake DeBrusk, who recently requested a trade, scored the first and therefore game-winning goal. He has four goals and seven points in 19 contests.

Brandon Carlo scored the Bruins’ other goal. He has two goals and three points in 20 games.

Juuse Saros stopped 31 of 33 Boston shots. Although he didn’t get the win, this is the third straight game where he’s allowed two or fewer goals.


Kirill Kaprizov scored two goals, including the game winner and registered an assist. He’s up to nine goals and 28 points in 23 games.

Ryan Hartman also came up big for the Wild with a goal and two assists. He’s on a five-game point streak, giving him 13 goals and 21 points in 23 contests.

Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 29 of 31 shots for the Wild. He has limited the competition to just two goals four times over his last five starts.

Dougie Hamilton assisted on both of the Devils’ goals. That gives him six markers and 14 points in 18 games.

Mackenzie Blackwood saved 33 of 38 Minnesota shots. He’s struggled lately, allowing nine goals over his last two games.


Jason Robertson netted a pair of goals for Dallas. He’s up to seven goals and 17 points in 15 contests.

Tyler Seguin accounted for the Stars’ other goal. It was his sixth goal and 10th point in 21 games.

Jake Oettinger saved 20 of 22 Blue Jackets shots. He’s had an ideal start to the season with a 5-0-0 record, 1.41 GAA, and .951 save percentage in six games.

One of Columbus’ two goals was scored by Boone Jenner. He has 11 goals and 15 points in 21 games.

Daniil Tarasov kicked out 34 of 37 shots last night. He was making his NHL debut and while he didn’t get the win, he did hold his own under the circumstances.


Andrew Mangiapane contributed a goal and an assist for the Flames. He’s up to 16 goals and 19 points in 23 games.

Matthew Tkachuk scored the game-winning goal. It was his 11th goal and 20th point in 23 contests.

Alexander Edler scored a goal and registered an assist last night. The Kings defenseman has a goal and 10 points in 22 games.

Jacob Markstrom turned aside 40 of 42 shots. He faced at least 13 shots in each period.

Cal Petersen didn’t have a particularly light game at the other end of the ice. He saved 29 of 32 shots. Two of the three goals he allowed were scored during Flames power plays.