Reuters/New York, United States
Mike Hoffman scored the game-winning goal in the shootout as the Florida Panthers rallied from 4-0 down in the third period to stun the host Boston Bruins 5-4 Tuesday night.
Keith Yandle tied the score with 1:39 remaining in regulation, and Aaron Ekblad, Frank Vatrano and Hoffman also scored in the third as the Panthers won their second straight in a shootout. Sam Montembeault made 15 saves between the third period and overtime after taking over for an ineffective Sergei Bobrovsky.
Jonathan Huberdeau had three assists for Florida, and Yandle added two helpers.
David Pastrnak, Joakim Nordstrom, Anders Bjork and Zdeno Chara scored in a 7:36 span in the second period for the Bruins, who lost their fourth straight (0-2-2). Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots.
After Vincent Trocheck scored on Florida’s second shootout chance, Charlie Coyle tallied for Boston to force a fourth round. Hoffman capitalised, and Charlie McAvoy came up short for the Bruins to seal the Panthers’ comeback victory.
Down 4-0 to begin the third, Ekblad got the Panthers on the board with a blast from the left dot 50 seconds into the period. Vatrano and Hoffman scored power-play goals 4:17 apart midway through to cut Florida’s deficit to one.
Yandle took advantage of a swarm of players in front of the net to find the puck unattended and tucked it past Rask at 18:21 to complete the rally.
Bobrovsky and Rask kept the game scoreless at the midway point before Boston began its barrage. Pastrnak broke the deadlock at 11:55 of the second with a no-look snipe from the left side past Bobrovsky’s stick to extend his league lead to 16.
Nordstrom struck 2:07 later, also on the stick side but from the right circle. Bjork made it 3-0 on the power play at 17:16 when his shot from the right dot bounced off and over Bobrovsky’s pad and into the net.
Chara completed the Bruins’ scoring flurry after skating around the net and collecting a rebound that he flicked over a sprawled Bobrovsky with 29 seconds to go in the second.
Bobrovsky turned away 19 shots before he was pulled at the start of the third.
Drouin’s shootout goal lifts Canadiens over Blue Jackets
Montreal’s Jonathan Drouin scored the only goal in the shootout to lead the Canadiens to a 3-2 win over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
Drouin slid in a backhander during the top of the second round for the game-deciding goal.
Montreal goalie Carey Price stuffed Cam Atkinson, Gustav Nyquist and Oliver Bjorkstrand in the extra session after making 33 saves in regulation and the shootout.
The Canadiens also killed off Victor Mete’s holding penalty during a four-on-three power play in overtime.
Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar tallied for Montreal, which moved to 6-1-1 in their last eight.
Columbus’ Eric Robinson scored his first NHL goal and Zach Werenski also netted a marker. Backup goalie Elvis Merzlikins stopped 30 of 32 shots for the Blue Jackets, who fell to 1-5-2 in their last eight.
Blue Jackets’ forward Nick Foligno served the first game of his three-game suspension for an elbowing incident against Colorado’s Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on Saturday night in Denver.
Defenseman Ryan Murray returned to the lineup after missing six games with a broken hand, but he left the ice with assistance after taking a hard shot to the inside of the right knee with 6:12 left in the second period.
Playing in his 15th NHL game, Robinson put Columbus up on the board with his first goal by tapping in a shot from the low slot past Price at 16:46 of the first period.
Emil Bemstrom set up the goal with a pass from the goal line into the slot, and Werenski posted the secondary assist.
Montreal worked two power plays in the second period after penalties by Werenski and Riley Nash, and the club managed to outshoot Columbus 15-11. However, Merzlikins stood strong against the Canadiens’ attack to keep the visiting side up 1-0.
Gallagher ultimately tied it up at 3:27 of the third period when he skated in and ripped a long wrister between defensemen Seth Jones and Werenski. The tally was Gallagher’s eighth, and Victor Mete and Shea Weber recorded helpers.
Werenski gave Columbus a 2-1 lead with 1:53 remaining, but Tatar tied it at 19:19 with Price pulled for the extra skater.
Price’s win came on the three-year anniversary of becoming the first goaltender in NHL history to win his first 10 games, which he did on Nov. 12, 2016.
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