Tuesday, August 3

Hornqvist’s goal on penalty shootout lifts Panthers over Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Patric Hornqvist scored the tying goal 3 seconds from the end of regulation time and won the game in a shootout as the Florida Panthers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 Tuesday night.

Hornqvist beat Joonas Korpisalo in the fifth round of the penalty shootout to end after Columbus’s Mikhail Grigorenko’s try slammed into the pads of Panthers stopper Sergei Bobrovsky.

Hornqvist, the 14-year NHL veteran who joined the Panthers after six seasons with Pittsburgh, had scored the tiebreaker from the door at the end of a 6-on-5 fight after the Panthers played from behind during the majors. part of the third period.

The Panthers were undefeated in their third game of the season after having two series canceled due to COVID-19 issues with the other teams.

“Our start has been really good,” said Hornqvist, who has four goals and one assist. “We won the first two games at home with the little ups and downs, and then today we played our best hockey so far. We were down the whole game and we found a way to win. So keep going, keep coming to the track happy and try to improve. ”

Carter Verhaeghe and Aleksander Barkov also scored in regulation time, and Bobrovsky, the former Blue Jacket, stopped 19 shots for Florida.

Kevin Stenlund, Alexandre Texier and Cam Atkinson scored, and Joonas Korpisalo, formerly Bobrovsky’s backup, had 28 saves.

The Panthers won for the second time in their last 11 games against Columbus. They hadn’t triumphed at Nationwide Arena since 2007.

“From start to finish, we deserved that win tonight,” Florida coach Joel Quenneville said. “We did a lot of wonderful things. I liked our rhythm; I liked its purpose. ”

The Blue Jackets weren’t sharp on offense in the first two quarters, but they did score on their first two shots on goal. They had just one more shot in the entire first period, and six in the second, but managed to stay in the game and advance early in the third on a breakaway goal from Atkinson.

“Good teams find a way to win, even when you’re not playing your best,” Columbus captain Nick Foligno said. “We had a chance to win tonight and we didn’t. That’s what’s disappointing. ”

Columbus coach John Tortorella put it this way: “ (We will) take the point and run out of the building. ”


A highly successful trade for Columbus last weekend sent the unhappy Pierre Luc-Dubois to Winnipeg for Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic. Laine is still trying to work out the visa issues, and Roslovic is taking more time to get in shape. He could be in the lineup on Thursday. Koivu, a center who signed a one-year contract with Columbus after 15 seasons with the Minnesota Wild, played for the first time after coming off the COVID list. He missed a shot in the shooting.


Due to the COVID postponements of the series against Dallas and Carolina, the Panthers will have to play 53 games in the next 101 days.


The Blue Jackets were 0 of 6 in the power play, and Foligno was tired of talking about the team’s inability to capitalize on the men’s advantage. They were just 1 of 13 in the first six games.

“That is in the group to achieve it,” he said. “We have to come together as a group and know that the answer is there. There’s enough skill in that power game to score goals. ”


The teams play again Thursday night at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets play five of the next seven games at home. The Panthers have three more on the way before heading back to South Florida.

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