NHL Game Summary - Florida at Winnipeg|
(Thursday, April 11th)
Final Score: Winnipeg 7, Florida 2
Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - Evander Kane scored a pair of goals, while
Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd added one goal and one assist apiece as the
Winnipeg Jets cruised to a 7-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday.
Aaron Gagnon, Chris Thorburn and Grant Clitsome each added one goal and Bryan
Little finished with two assists for the Jets, who pulled even with the New
York Rangers for eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings with 44
points. The Rangers currently hold the tie breaker, having played in two fewer
games this season.
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 25-of-27 shots in the win.
T.J. Brennan and Tomas Fleischmann both had one goal and one assist for the
Panthers, who have dropped two of their last three contests.
Jacob Markstrom allowed six goals on 23 shots, while Scott Clemmensen
surrendered one tally on 12 shots in the setback.
"There's lots of different things we can point at, but I think the whole game
didn't go (well) for us," Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen said.
Gagnon scored 3:54 into the first period, but Brennan netted the equalizer
nearly a minute later after deflecting Fleischmann's shot into the net.
Kane scored just 18 seconds later, but the Panthers knotted it up once again
following Fleischmann's goal with 13:29 left.
Ladd's tip-in with 7:28 to play in the opening period gave the hosts a 3-2
"The first ten minutes, after the first five goals, it was just back and forth
really. Luckily we were able to answer each and every time," Ladd said. "As a
team it makes it easier to go forward. There's a part of the game you're going
to go through where you have situations like that where maybe it's not ideal
but we're still winning the game 3-2 and it settled the guys down and moved
Clitsome's power play goal 10:05 into the middle session gave Winnipeg a 4-2
edge, and Byfuglien added his seventh goal of the season 28 seconds later.
Kane's second tally of the game came with 8:03 left in the second, and
Thorburn's tally in the third period capped the scoring.
Winnipeg will host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday ... The Jets outshot the
Panthers 35-27 ... Ladd has 16 goals and 22 assists this season ... Florida
will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.
04/11 23:51:02 ET