NHL Game Summary - Winnipeg at Florida|
(Thursday, January 31st)
Final Score: Florida 6, Winnipeg 3
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Alex Kovalev's power-play tally with under 7
1/2 minutes left in regulation was the game-winner as the Florida Panthers
used a five-goal third period to snap a five-game slide and best the Winnipeg
Jets, 6-3, on Thursday.
Kris Versteeg, Peter Mueller, Jonathan Huberdeau and Tomas Kopecky also scored
in the final stanza for the Panthers, who hadn't won since an opening-night
decision against Carolina 12 days ago.
"We always try to say the right things when we're in the muck, but we were in
the deep end there and we're still not out of it," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen
said. "Let's not kid ourselves. It's only one win. We're still some way from
getting back to respectability."
Jose Theodore stopped 22-of-25 shots for the win.
Grant Clitsome, Olli Jokinen and Tobias Enstrom posted markers for the Jets,
who have lost two in a row following a three-game win streak.
Ondrej Pavelec was beaten five times on 33 shots in the setback.
"We have another game in 24 hours against one of the top teams in the East and
one of the top teams in our division right now, so if we can't get up for
tomorrow, we have bigger issues," Jets forward Blake Wheeler said about his
team's game against Tampa Bay on Friday.
Enstrom's blast from a failed Panthers' clearing attempt at the 7:38 mark of
the final period gave Winnipeg a 3-2 edge, but it was all Florida from there.
Mueller picked up a rebound on the left side and lifted a shot over Pavelec
from the edge of the crease on a power play to make it 3-3 at 11:20. Just 77
seconds later, after Jokinen went off for tripping, Kovalev's wrister put the
hosts on top.
It became 5-3 on a broken play. Huberdeau rolled up the left-wing side with
Jack Skille on his right for an odd-man rush. The rookie attempted to pass
across the crease, but the disc caromed off the body of Enstrom and over the
goal line before the net came off its pegs with 4:31 to go.
Kopecky added a late empty-net score to seal the victory.
Brian Campbell's slap shot from the point on a Florida power play was the
game's first goal at the 5:14 mark of the second period.
Clitsome evened the score with his first of the season, coming with 3:49 to go
in the middle frame.
Jokinen sent Winnipeg up at 1:23 of the third, but Kris Versteeg's first of
the year just over two minutes later tied it once more.
Winnipeg had won two of three at Florida last season ... Panthers forward
Tomas Fleischmann recorded his first career three-assist game ... Kopecky
ended up with three points thanks to being credited with a pair of assists ...
Florida forward Marcel Goc returned after a six-game absence due to an ankle
injury sustained while playing overseas ... The Panthers announced prior to
the contest that veteran defenseman Ed Jovanovski will be out at least two
games with a knee injury suffered on Tuesday, and also revealed the
acquisition of forward Zach Hamill from the Washington Capitals in exchange
for forward Casey Wellman ... Panthers forward Scottie Upshall left the game
with an apparent leg injury with 5:43 played in the third period, when fellow
combatant James Wright wrestled him to the ice near the boards during a fight
and his knee bent awkwardly.
02/01 02:06:19 ET