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Panthers Wrap-Up: Blue Jackets 6, Panthers 3

Columbus' special teams too much for Florida to overcome

Saturday, 03.1.2014 / 5:49 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Blue Jackets 6, Panthers 3
Cats come back from two down on two different occasions but fall short to Caps.
Sat
3/1/2014
3-6
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 2 0 0 4
Blue Jackets 2 2 2 0 6
FLA - S. Matthias (7), N. Bjugstad (14), S. Bergenheim (14)
CBJ - PP - R. Umberger (16), PP - C. Atkinson (18), PP - D. Savard (4), SH - A. Anisimov (15), EN - N. Foligno (16), EN - M. Calvert (7)
  
   

COLUMBUS —  (NHL.com) - In a game full of special-teams goals, Artem Anisimov had the biggest one when his late second-period shorthanded goal lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 6-3 victory against the Florida Panthers on Saturday afternoon to end a three-game winless streak.

Anisimov scored with 10 seconds left for a 4-3 lead after the Panthers twice rallied to tie. Nick Foligno and Matt Calvert scored empty-net goals to seal the win for the Blue Jackets (30-25-5).

FULL RECAP
 
"They beat us on special teams. We had a good fight back and it was a close one. We had our chances but we need a better start."

- Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad.
 
1. Another Slow Start: It's become an annoying habit for the Panthers. Similar to Thursday's game against Washington, the Cats found themselves trailing 2-0 early. In Columbus it was the Blue Jackets power play that got them the early lead. The first goal came 7:42 in as RJ Umberger scored on the rebound of James Wisniewski's shot. A little over three minutes later Cam Atkinson scored. The second goal especially hurt as the Panthers were one second away from getting Scott Gomez back.

2. Come Backs: The Cats have certainly been resilient this season. Trailing again, they came back to tie the game on two separate occasions thanks to hard work. First it was Shawn Matthias scoring as he stormed to the net to bring them to within 2-1 in the first. Then Nick Bjugstad scored and Sean Bergenheim netted second period goals on similar goals from close range. Bjugstad's tally came on a nice individual move while stationed in front of Sergey Bobrovsky, Bergenheim redirected Tom Gilbert's point shot past the netminder for a three all game.

3. Columbus Special: The big story of the game was that the Blue Jackets really won it thanks to the special teams. Not including two empty netters, the other four goals came with one of the team's on the power play. Columbus netted a third power play goal thanks to David Savard's point shot that fooled Scott Clemmensen. Florida would go on to tie the game but the game-winner was one that shouldn't have happened. The Cats got a late power play in the second but instead it was the Jackets cashing in with Artem Anisimov digging the puck out of the corner, skating to the front of the net and scoring on a great individual effort with 10 seconds remaining in the period. The Cats had some chances in the third but couldn't find the equalizer.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@dsilverstone29: Jovo with the HUGE backcheck! @FlaPanthers

@MikeYannuzzi42: At work listening to the @FlaPanthers broadcast; love hearing Randy Moller's broadcast!

@yahongc: @FlaPanthers :(

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Cody Blair: :( again

Evonne Estep: Blue Jackets got another one after I stopped listening!? Holy Crap!
 


2. Centers Nick Bjugstad and Shawn Matthias had good offensive nights, picking up a goal and an assist each.

4. The Panthers picked up 26 hits on the night. They were led by Dylan Olsen and Sean Bergenheim who had four each.

10. 
Florida was 10 seconds away from going into the second intermission tied at three but Artem Anisimov netted the game winner with only 10.2 left on the clock.

14. Bjugstad and later in the second period, Sean Bergenheim netted their 14th goals of the season. The duo are tied for second behind Brad Boyes' 17.

75. Columbus' power play gave the Panthers fits, scoring on 75% (3-of-4) of their man advantage chances.

 
David Savard
The Blue Jackets blueliner was solid all night, especially on the power play, setting one goal up and netting the Jackets' third.

1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Points, 2 Shots, 19:56 TOI
 
 
Florida is right back at it as they travel to Long Island to take on the NY Islanders. Both teams, in fact, will be on their second game in two days at the Islanders lost a 6-1 game to New Jersey on Saturday afternoon. They're without the services and leading point producer John Tavares who was injured during the Winter Games in Sochi. Missing his 66 points, the next highest skater is Kyle Okposo with 59 points in 60 games. Evgeni Naboko and Kevin Poulin have shared the duties between the pipes.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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