Panthers put up a fight but fall to Jets in shootout

BY Janelle Johnston • December 15, 2016

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) -- Mathieu Perreault scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Perreault did some slow stickhandling before flipping a forehand shot past Roberto Luongo to end Winnipeg's four-game losing streak.

Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and an assist, Adam Lowry and Bryan Little also scored in regulation, and Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves.

Aleksander Barkov, Reilly Smith and Vincent Trocheck scored power-play goals -- with Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom in the penalty box for each one -- in the second period for Florida. Luongo made 29 saves.

Florida had a 3-2 lead heading into the third period, but with the teams on a 4-on-4, Little took a cross-ice pass from Blake Wheeler and tied it at 2:36.

The Jets were being outshot 19-7 in the first when Byfuglien took a pass from rookie Patrik Laine and put a high shot from the bottom of the circle over Luongo's glove with 11 seconds left in the period.

The Panthers scored the trio of power-play goals as Enstrom was sitting in the penalty box for interference, then holding, then interference again.

Barkov tied it at 1 at 4:51 of the second. Jaromir Jagr picked up his 1,129th career assist and 1,884th point on the goal. Jagr is three points away from tying Mark Messier for second place on the NHL points list.

Smith followed up with his fifth goal of the season at 8:36 to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead, but Lowry tied it at 10:11 when he banged in a loose puck. Less than two minutes later, Trocheck made it 3-2 with a shot that went past a screened Hellebuyck at 11:58.

NOTES: Winnipeg has given up a power-play goal in each of its past four games. ... Winnipeg had three shots on goal in overtime, while Florida had two.


Panthers: At Colorado on Friday night.

Jets: Host Colorado on Sunday.