Ekblad, Barkov lead Panthers to 4-2 win over Canucks
Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom (25) stops a shot by Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Aaron Ekblad gave Florida a three-goal lead early in the third period and the Panthers held on for a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
The Panthers won their first home game under interim coach Tom Rowe. The win was the Panthers' first in regulation since a victory over Ottawa on Nov. 19, a span of 11 games.
Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist, and Vincent Trocheck and Derek MacKenzie also scored for Florida. Roberto Luongo made 37 saves, and Jaromir Jagr recorded an assist and now has 1,883 points, four behind Mark Messier for second on the NHL career list.
Daniel Sedin and Jack Skille scored in the third period for the Canucks. Jacob Markstrom stopped 38 shots.