NHL Game Summary - Winnipeg at Florida|
(Friday, March 8th)
Final Score: Winnipeg 3, Florida 2 (OT)
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Dustin Byfuglien scored the game winner with
40.5 seconds left in overtime to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-2 victory over
the Florida Panthers on Friday.
Andrew Ladd registered a goal and an assist, while Blake Wheeler also lit the
lamp for the Jets, who have won two straight since a 4-1 setback in Florida on
"I thought we were a lot better in the way we wanted to play and the way we
wanted to get things done," Winnipeg coach Claude Noel remarked. "It wasn't
smooth, but I felt that the team wanted to get it done and they did."
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 38 shots in the triumph.
Jonathan Huberdeau and Shawn Matthias each scored once, while Jacob Markstrom
allowed all three goals on 28 shots for the Panthers, who have dropped two
straight and five of their last six games.
"Overtime has been a real Achilles' heel for us," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen
admitted. "You lose five games at home in overtime, that's disappointing for
our players and for our fan base."
Byfuglien had gone his last 13 games without a goal, but picked a perfect time
to notch his fourth tally of the season, as the Winnipeg defenseman stepped
through two defenders in the slot before rifling a wrister past the glove side
of Markstrom to send the Jets to victory.
Winnipeg struck first just over 2 1/2 minutes in when Ladd ripped a shot from
the left circle that Markstrom got a piece of, but it wasn't enough to keep
the puck from trickling across the goal line to make it 1-0 at the 2:35 mark.
The visitors doubled their cushion with just over two minutes left in the
frame when Wheeler skated into the slot and was given plenty of room before
firing a wrister high over the glove of Markstrom at the 17:48 mark.
Florida was able to trim the margin in half heading into the second, as Peter
Mueller slid a pass in front from behind the net that Huberdeau knocked out of
midair and past Pavelec to make it 2-1 with 12.9 seconds left in the first.
After a scoreless second stanza, Florida found the equalizer early in the
third, as Tomas Kopecky came up with a steal near the Winnipeg blue line and
skated into the right circle before sliding a backhand pass through the slot
for Matthias, who lifted the disc over a sprawling Pavelec to knot the game at
the 5:50 mark.
Florida outshot Winnipeg 12-4 in the third frame, but Pavelec was able to make
a number of big saves to keep it tied.
Florida forward Kris Versteeg (upper-body injury) returned from a 12-game
absence and recorded two shots in just under 19 minutes ... The teams have
split four games this season and will wrap up the series on April 11 in
Winnipeg ... Florida finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while Winnipeg failed
on its only chance with the man advantage.
03/09 02:06:21 ET