SUNRISE (AP) — Aleksander Barkov scored two goals and Jonathan Huberdeau had three assists as the Florida Panthers beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 Thursday night.READ MORE: Juneteenth Celebrated At Community Party In Overtown
Mike Hoffman and MacKenzie Weegar also scored goals for the Panthers, who won for the first time in three games. Roberto Luongo made 32 saves and broke a five-game losing streak. Evgenii Dadonov added two assists.
Brad Richardson and Michael Grabner scored for the Coyotes, who lost their third straight. Darcy Kuemper stopped 18 shots.
Trailing 3-1, Arizona closed to 3-2 when Richardson’s shot from the point got through traffic and past Luongo with 2:24 left in the third.
Barkov’s second goal, an empty-netter with 50 seconds left, made the score 4-2.
Hoffman broke a 1-1 tie with his power-play goal at 10:55 of the second. Hoffman beat Kuemper with a shot from the right circle.
Weegar stretched the Panthers lead to 3-1 when his shot from the high slot went over Kuemper’s glove at 5:09 of the third.READ MORE: Deadly Shooting Investigated In NW Miami
Weegar had a potential second goal overturned with 9:07 left in the third when Arizona challenged the goal and it was ruled that Barkov interfered with Kuemper.
Grabner made the score 1-0 with a short-handed goal at 7:45 of the first. Grabner grabbed the puck from Jonathan Huberdeau near the blue line and beat Luongo on a breakaway. The Coyotes set a franchise record with 16 short-handed goals this season.
The Panthers tied the score at 1-all when Barkov’s shot from the slot beat Kuemper on the stick side with 14.6 left in the first. Barkov extended his points streak to eight games.
NOTES: The Panthers have two 80-point players for the first time in franchise history IN Barkov (87) and Huberdeau (82). … Keith Yandle’s second assist on the Hoffman goal set a Florida franchise record for points in a season by a defenseman (58). … C Jayce Hawryluk returned after missing three games with a lower-body injury. … Coyotes D Jason Demers played his 600th NHL game. … UFC stars Yoel Romero and Jacare Souza dropped the ceremonial puck before the game.
Coyotes: Visit the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
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