Dubinsky nets lone SO goal to send Columbus past Florida 4-3
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Brandon Dubinsky scored the only shootout goal in the third round, and Scott Hartnell had a goal and assist as the hot Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Atlantic Division-leading Florida Panthers 4-3 on Saturday.
Seth Jones and Brandon Saad also scored for Columbus, which has won nine of its last 14 games. Alexander Wennberg added two assists. Joonas Korpisalo made 28 saves in regulation and overtime to pick up an 11th win in his last 16 starts.
Aleksander Barkov, Vincent Trocheck and Logan Shaw scored for Florida. The Panthers entered with wins in three of four games as they try to hold off rivals Tampa Bay and Boston for the division crown. Roberto Luongo had 22 saves in regulation and overtime.
Dubinsky initially mishandled the puck but still was able roof a hard shot for the clinching goal.
Luongo stopped Columbus’ other two shooters. Both Barkov and Nick Bjugstad hit the post and Trocheck, trying to keep Florida alive, lost the puck before he got to Korpisalo.
Despite not generating much on offense – being outshot 13-1 in the first period and 24-11 after two – Columbus was only down 2-1 heading into the third period. They broke out with two goals just over four minutes apart to take the lead. Florida tied it with 5:42 left to send it to overtime.
Jones scored at 3:07 on the power play with sort of a whiffed, offspeed one-timed slap shot that seemed to fool Luongo. The goal was his first as a Blue Jacket in 22 games since being acquired on Jan. 6 from Nashville for Ryan Johansen.
Saad shortly followed, jumping on a loose puck in the slot to make it 3-2 for a career-high 24th.
With Hartnell serving a delay of game penalty – his third minor infraction of the game, Shaw backhanded in a rebound.
Early on Jaromir Jagr was able to get closer to another milestone. The 44-year-old, only three points shy of tying Gordie Howe for third place all-time with 1,845, set-up Barkov’s 19th at the crease at 11:59 of the first period to make 1-0. Barkov has three goals in two games since returning from a six-game absence for a concussion. Jussi Jokinen also picked up an assist for his 500th career point.
Just 1:31 into the second period, a successful challenge by coach John Tortorella overturned a two-on-one snapshot score by Vincent Trocheck – who carried the puck the distance – that was ruled a goal on the ice. A replay showed Derek MacKenzie’s skate barely ahead of the puck into the zone.
Trocheck got one that counted on a shot through traffic at 10:28 for his 19th to make it 2-0.
Hartnell followed just 36 seconds later with his 20th to cut into the Panthers lead. Wennberg stickhandled around three players before passing to Hartnell, who waited out Luongo then wristed a shot from the left side.
NOTES: During the game, Florida acquired C Jiri Hudler from Calgary for 2016 second and 2018 fourth round draft picks, RW Teddy Purcell from Edmonton for a 2016 third-round pick, and Jakub Kindl from Detroit for a late-round pick. The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. EST Monday. … D Michael Paliotta was inserted into the lineup for Jack Johnson, who was placed on injured reserve Friday with an upper-body injury. … Florida kicked off a five-game road trip and play 13 of its final 21 games away from home. … The Blue Jackets snapped a three-game losing streak to the Panthers.
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