Panthers Fall to the Jets in Six Round Shoot Out

The Winnipeg Jets defeated the Florida Panthers 4-3 Thursday in a six round shoot out.

Aleksander Barkov, Reilly Smith and Vincent Trocheck both scored power-play goals while Luongo made 29 saves and only allowed 3 goals out of 32 shots, however it was not enough to defeat the Jets who were desperate to end their four game losing streak.

“It was back and forth,” Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad said. “We got a lot of shots and capitalized on the power plays, but just a few errors in the defensive zone, and that’ll cost you against a good team in this arena.”

Dustin Byfuglien assisted Adam Lowry scored the first goal of the game with just 11 seconds left on the clock in the first period.  Panthers Barkov answered back in the second to tie the game at 1-1 with 4:51.

Smith then scored his first goal in 11 games to make it 2-1.

Lowry rebound off a shot and finally got past Luongo after a few tries to make it 2-2, but Trocheck scored to make it 3-2.

The Jets still trailed 3-2 entering the third period, until center Bryan Little scored with 2:36 left on the clock to tie the game, but it was Mathieu Perreault who made the game winning shot in a shoot out. 

After the game Panther forward Reilly Smith spoke out about the loss.  

“We had enough leads in this game to close it out, and you can’t let those ones slip away,” Smith said. “It’s tough that it ended up going to a shootout because it’s anyone’s game at that point. But I think we controlled the pace of the game from the start of the game. It’s just frustrating.”

 

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