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COLUMBUS (AP) — Aleksander Barkov won it in the shootout and the Florida Panthers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Friday night to extend their winning streak to five games.
The Panthers have also won five straight road games to tie the franchise mark set in 2007. Vincent Trocheck scored for Florida 1:16 into the second period and Al Montoya made 22 saves.
Michael Chaput scored midway through the second period and Sergei Bobrovksy had 31 saves for Columbus. The Blue Jackets have dropped three straight, all of which were tied 1-1 in the third period.
Jonathan Huberdeau also scored in the shootout for Florida, and Cam Atkinson had Columbus’ lone shootout goal.
Columbus survived being short-handed in overtime and then almost had a great scoring chance, but a 2-on-1 break was whistled offside with 28.7 seconds left.
With just over 6 minutes left in the third, the puck deflected off Columbus center Ryan Johansen’s skate and off the post. The Blue Jackets’ slumping power play didn’t threaten during two opportunities it had later in the period.
Each team entered averaging two-or-fewer goals per game over its previous five contests, and this one was a sloppy, sleepy showdown early.
Trocheck injected a bit of life into the game with his goal. His cross-crease pass caromed off defenseman Justin Falk’s right knee and behind Bobrovsky. Trocheck is tied with Jaromir Jagr for the team lead with eight goals.
Chaput, recently recalled from the minors, tied it for Columbus later in the period. He controlled a long pass with Trocheck on his back and steered the puck past Montoya.
With 9.4 seconds remaining in the period, Bobrovksy went down after absorbing Erik Gudbranson’s hard shot in his facemask. He was attended to by a team trainer for several minutes but stayed in the game.
NOTES: Florida won in Columbus for the first time since 2007 and has a two-game winning streak against the Blue Jackets after suffering 10 straight losses. …The Blue Jackets couldn’t convert on five power plays and are 0 for 24 in their last nine games. … Panthers D Dmitry Kulikov returned to the lineup for Florida after missing the last eight games with a knee injury. .. .LW Scott Hartnell — tied for second on the team with nine goals — was a healthy scratch. … The next goal for the 44-year-old Jagr will tie him with Marcel Dionne for fourth all-time with 731.
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