12/07 20:49 CST Brown, Bobrovsky lead Panthers over Blue Jackets, 4-1
Brown, Bobrovsky lead Panthers over Blue Jackets, 4-1
By PAUL GEREFFI
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) --- Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves against his former team
and Josh Brown scored the winning goal in the Florida Panthers' 4-1 victory
over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
Bobrovsky made his first start against the Blue Jackets since signing with the
Panthers on July 1. He played the previous seven seasons with Columbus.
Evgenii Dadonov, Brett Connolly and Mike Hoffman also scored. Aleksander Barkov
had two assists and leads Florida with 12 multi-point games.
Florida had lost four of its previous five games. The Panthers beat Columbus
for the first time in eight games.
Vladislav Gavrikov scored for the Blue Jackets. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 23
shots. Columbus lost its fourth straight game and is 0-10-3 when the opponent
The Panthers stretched their lead to 3-0 on Connolly's power-play goal. Keith
Yandle shot from the point and the puck hit Connolly and got past Merzlikins,
who was screened on the play by Connolly, at 6:09 of the third. Connolly has
seven goals in his past 11 games.
Gavrikov closed the score to 3-1 when his shot from the point beat Bobrovsky
with 9:26 left in the third.
Hoffman flipped the puck from near the red line over the defense for an
empty-netter with 2:23 left to make it 4-1.
The Panthers scored 18 seconds in when Dadonov redirected a shot from the point
by Yandle under Merzlikins' pads. Yandle has 19 assists in his past 17 games.
Brown made the score 2-0 when he took a cross-ice pass from Barkov and put the
puck between Merzlikins' pads at 8:53 of the second.
Notes: Panthers C Aleksi Saarela made his NHL debut after being recalled from
AHL Springfield on Friday. ... Blue Jackets D Andrew Peeke, a South Florida
native, played his second game after his NHL debut on Thursday...D Zach
Werenski was placed on injured reserve Friday with an upper-body injury,
retroactive to Nov. 30.
Blue Jackets: At Washington on Monday night.
Panthers: Host San Jose on Sunday.