Mike Hoffman comes through with OT game-winner for Panthers against Devils
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Only 25 seconds after nearly ending the game, Mike Hoffman made sure it was over.
The initial shot by Hoffman was originally ruled a goal before it was quickly overturned after a replay review. Hoffman came back just seconds later with a drive from the right circle that beat Keith Kinkaid, giving him 23 points in his last 20 games.
“I didn’t see (the first shot) at all if it went in or not. I shot it kind of through the goalie and heard it hit the post and then that’s all I saw,” Hoffman said. “All I really had to do (on the second shot) was hit the net. It was a good comeback win for us, good character win. This group has been searching for that for a little bit now and it’s nice to see.”
With their goalie pulled for an extra skater, the Panthers tied it 3-all on Jonathan Huberdeau‘s 100th career goal with 1:29 left in the third period. Huberdeau also had two assists.
“We’re a team that battles every night. I don’t think we have the record that we want right now, but we battle most nights,” Huberdeau said. “Right now we needed the two points.”
New Jersey lost its third straight game and is 0-4 in overtime this season.
“We’ve got to keep working at it. It’s been different situations, different guys, different things,” coach John Hynes said. “When you look at it, there’s not one particular trend. We’ll continue to work at it. You’ve got to be able to find a way to get two points out of it.”
Bratt gave the Devils a 3-2 lead when he tipped in a shot by Vatanen with 8:33 remaining in the third. The goal was Bratt’s second in two games.
With the Panthers’ net empty, Huberdeau grabbed a loose puck in front and pushed it past Kinkaid for his 100th NHL goal.
Florida closed to 2-1 on a 5-on-3 power-play goal by Barkov, who one-timed the puck past Kinkaid at 7:31 of the second.
The Panthers tied it at 2 on McCann’s goal. McCann’s shot from the slot got past Kinkaid and went high into the net with 8:17 left in the second.
The Devils took a 1-0 lead on Wood’s goal at 1:23 of the second. Vatanen took a shot from the point and Wood tipped it past Reimer.
New Jersey stretched its lead to 2-0 on a short-handed goal by Coleman. Barkov lost control of the puck in the neutral zone and Coleman scored on a breakaway when he put the puck into the corner of the net at 6:01.
Devils: At Washington on Friday.
Panthers: Host Anaheim on Wednesday.
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