CHICAGO (AP) — Richard Panik and Artemi Panarin scored in a shootout, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Florida 2-1 on Tuesday night in the Panthers’ first game since Tom Rowe took over as interim coach.
Panik also scored in regulation and Corey Crawford made 38 saves in Chicago’s first home game in 16 days. The Blackhawks went 3-3-1 on their 12-day circus trip.
Panarin beat Roberto Luongo with a slick backhand in the second round of the shootout.
After Aleksander Barkov was stopped by Crawford at the other end, Panik converted his chance with a well-placed wrist shot past Luongo on the glove side.
Florida returned to the ice for the first time since coach Gerard Gallant was fired after a 3-2 loss at Carolina on Sunday night.
Jaromir Jagr scored in the third period and Luongo made 32 saves, but the Panthers lost for the third time in four games.
Chicago played without captain Jonathan Toews, who missed his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury.
Fellow center Artem Anisimov left in the third after teammate Duncan Keith’s shot went off the inside of his lower right leg.
Toews did not participate in the morning skate, and coach Joel Quenneville said the center is questionable for Thursday night’s game against New Jersey.
The Blackhawks carried a 1-0 lead into the third, but the Panthers made the most of 69 seconds of leftover power-play time from Niklas Hjalmarsson’s second-period hooking penalty.
Jonathan Marchessault’s centering pass went off Keith, and Jagr poked it in for his fourth of the season and No. 753 for his career.
Florida had a chance to grab the lead when Crawford lost his stick after he was tripped by teammate Vinnie Hinostroza. But the goalie slid over in time to stop a shot from Derek MacKenzie and then fell on the puck after it went off the post.
Crawford also made a nice right pad save on Mark Pysyk with 8:09 to go, and stopped Jagr in front in the final minute.
Florida had 100 seconds of power-play time in overtime, but Chicago killed it off. Luongo turned away two nice moves by Patrick Kane, and Crawford stopped Aaron Ekblad in the final seconds of OT.
It was a really nice night for each goaltender, right from the start.
Luongo got over to stop Panarin, and Crawford made a great pad save on Barkov before the Blackhawks jumped in front in the first.
Panik got loose for a breakaway and slipped a backhand by Luongo for his seventh goal with 2:10 left in the period.
It was Panik’s first goal since Oct. 22, stopping a 17-game drought. The winger had no points and a minus-2 rating in his previous 13 games.
The Panthers and Blackhawks each killed off a penalty during a scoreless second. Crawford also made a flashy glove save on a big drive by Keith Yandle, and Luongo stopped a long shot by Gustav Forsling.
NOTES: Jagr played in his 1,652nd game, passing Chris Chelios and moving into a tie with Mark Recchi for fourth on the NHL’s career list. … Chicago D Brian Campbell played his first game against Florida since he left the Panthers for a one-year deal with the Blackhawks during free agency.
Panthers: Visit the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
Blackhawks: Host the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
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