Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Panthers Win in OT but May Have Lost Luongo

The Panthers built a two-goal lead in the third period in San Jose only to blow it in the last few minutes.

But Jonathan Huberdeau scored his third goal of the season off a feed from Aleksander Barkov to give the Panthers a 6-5 overtime victory on Wednesday night at HP Pavilion. The win was huge for the Panthers, who are trying to claw their way into the Wild Card race, but the loss could have been devastating as well.

Goalie Roberto Luongo was injured on Joe Pavelski's game-tying goal in the third period and left the game immediately. He appeared to hurt his left knee while falling backwards before the goal and he lay on the ice for a minute or two before limping off to the dressing room.

Here's a look at the play where it happened:

The Panthers improve to 25-20-10 with the win, which leaves them just three points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the last Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Toronto fell to the Blue Jackets on Wednesday in Columbus, 5-2.

Jagr Cracks Another Milestone: Birthday boy Jaromir Jagr scored his 1,900th NHL point on the Panthers 5th goal when he made a quick pass to Barkov who then sent a shot past Martin Jones. The 45-year-old is 5th on the NHL's all-time assist list with 1,141 and he's second on the NHL's all-time points list.

Nick Bjugstad and Barkov each netted a pair for the Panthers, while Pavelski scored a pair for San Jose and Brent Burns netted his 25th of the season.

Huberdeau, who returned to play his first game of the season on February 3rd, now has seven points in four games for the surging Panthers, who have scored 18 goals and gone 3-1 since Huberdeau's return.