Edmonton – Sergei Bobrovsky was once a shutout machine. But it had been a while since the Florida Panthers goalkeeper had a clean sheet for the last time.
Bobrovsky made 40 saves for his first shutout of the season and the Panthers beat the ice-cold Edmonton Oilers 6-0 on Thursday for the first time since November 2, 2019. This was his 35th career shutout.
Florida forward Carter Verheghe said, “He was dialed in from the start and made huge saves for us throughout the night and kept us in the game until we got a bit under us at the end and started playing better.” Gave.” “He was the best player ever on the ice. He made some incredible saves on penalty kills and all night long and really kept us in it.
“Without him the game could have been very different.”
Bobrovsky said keeping the Oilers off board was a collective effort, weathering the storm in a particularly difficult first period.
“We worked together,” said the 33-year-old goalkeeper. It was a great effort from six guys in the first period and the entire game. It was definitely fun to be a part of it.”
Alexander Barkov scored two goals and added an assist for the Panthers (27-8-5), who improved to 9-1-1 in their last 11 games. Verheghe, Anthony Duclair, Sam Bennett and Owen Tippett also scored for Florida.
Mikko Koskinen blocked 22 shots as the Oilers (18-16-2) lost their seventh straight. Edmonton have a 2-11-2 record in their last 15 matches.
“It’s right here, it’s a test for all the leaders of our team,” said Oilers alternate captain Darnell Nurse. “Our team will get better only by getting out of this. There’s no excuse. No ‘fountain of tricks’. You have to come on _ every day with your hard hat on, that’s the only way out of it. There is no trick. To be a leader, you have to show up every day.
“That’s our job. This is what we have to do to get out of this. This is when you really have to lead.
There was no scoring in the first period, despite Edmonton overtaking Bobrovsky by 17 shots.
Koskinen made seven saves in the Edmonton net in the opening frame.
Florida took over the board first, scoring a power-play goal about five and a half minutes into the second period. Sam Reinhart hit Barkov with a chuck over Oilers defender Nurse, who took his 16th home run of the season. Edmonton have allowed the first goal of the game in 23 of their last 27 matches.
Verheghe was left alone in front of the net and shot a shot in the top corner near the midpoint of the game for his 14th goal of the season to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
Edmonton beat Florida 29-13 in 40 minutes.
Barkov added to the Panthers’ lead in the third in seven minutes when his long shot found its way through a screen.
Florida made it 4–0 with a power-play goal with four minutes left in the final period as Duclair swung a loose puck into a wide open net for the 17th part of his campaign.
A minute later the Panthers got another power-play goal as Bennett sent a backhand shot from the post and also for his 17th.
Edmonton’s fall at the end of the game saw the Panthers score their third goal in 2:36, as Tippett scored his fifth.
Florida plays the third game of a five-stop road trip in Vancouver on Friday, while the Oilers stay at home to welcome the Calgary Flames on Saturday.
Comments: Moving on after the second period, are Florida now 20-0? The Oilers have scored two or fewer goals in 10 of their last 15 matches? Were Patrick Hornquist (upper body) and Gustav Forsling (COVID) missing from the Florida lineup? For the Oilers were Mike Smith (thumb) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (lower body), as well as Zach Hyman, Kyle Turris and Stuart Skinner (COVID).