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Panthers find ways to rally again, top Blues 4-3 in shootout | NWN News

Sunrise, Fla. (NWN) — Sam Reinhart and Anton Lundell scored in the shootout, and the Florida Panthers continued their streak of comebacks as they beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Saturday, rallying from three one-goal losses.

Maxim Mamin scored two goals for Florida and Reinhart added one. Lukas Carlsen and Anton Lundell each had two assists and Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves for the Panthers – as well as stopping Ryan O’Reilly to end the shootout.

Ville Husso made a career-best 48 saves for the Blues, scoring goals from Brandon Saad, Logan Brown and Jake Wallman. O’Reilly had two assists for St. Louis.

The Blues played the final 1:57 of overtime on penalty kills, with most of them playing defender Robert Bortuzo without a stick. He only had the arms and legs to get into the passing lane, and even with Florida’s 4-on-3—and Four Sticks versus Two—the Blues found a way to go into the shootout.

But Bobrovsky made a save at the end to seal the win, and Florida improved to 14-1-0 at home.

Husso was playing back-to-back games for the first time this season since St. Louis goalkeeper Jordan Binnington entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Florida pulled Bobrovsky down in 2:36 left, one by one.

Bobrovsky was back with 2:34, the game being tied.

It was so easy and so fast: Lundell won a faceoff, tapped the puck back to Mamin, who ripped off Husso’s previous one-off game to tie it 3-3.

And with that the legend of the comeback ‘Cats’ continued.

After losing 4-1 to Washington on Tuesday and 3-0 to Buffalo on Thursday – then finding ways to win both games – the Panthers found themselves in familiar territory when St. Louis opened the scoring on the Browns’ second goal of the season. 5:24 of the opening period.

This is how the first two periods went: St. Louis would score, Florida would respond. Just 100 seconds after Brown’s goal, Mamin drew a 1-1 draw for the Panthers. Wallman put the Blues back in second place at 6:36, and Reinhart tapped into that period’s 18:00 rebound to knot things up again.

Saad made it 3-2 St. Louis in 4:29 of the third, redirecting a pass from O’Reilly under Bobrovsky’s right foot. And as they did, facing 1-0 and 2-1 deficits, the Panthers tied the game again.

it’s been a minute

Louis’ game in Florida during the 2019-20 season was canceled due to the pandemic, and the way the schedule was set up last season meant teams were only playing teams within their division. This means Saturday’s game was the first Blues game at Sunrise since February 5, 2019. Of the 38 players who took part in that 2019 game, only 11 – seven Blues and four Panthers – were on the ice on Saturday.

Comments: Hasso’s previous career best was 34 for savings. … it is the only home and home series for Florida this season. It is the second of five for St. Louis. … Florida had conceded exactly four goals in each of their last four games, tying the longest such streak in the NHL this season. … Reinhart has scored in three consecutive games. This is the first time he has made a three-game streak as a Panther; He had at least three out of three games with Buffalo. … the Panthers aren’t home again until December 14th. … St. Louis plays its next four games at home.


The teams play again in St. Louis on Tuesday.


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