Thursday, April 24, 2014

Jets mauled by Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla.—The latest trade by the rebuilding Panthers already is paying dividends.
Dylan Olsen scored his first NHL goal last night to help Florida beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2.

Jimmy Hayes, Nick Bjugstad, Tomas Fleischmann, and Erik Gudbranson also scored for the Panthers.
Tim Thomas stopped 29 shots while Scottie Upshall had two assists.
Olsen and Hayes came to the Panthers in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 14 for wingers Kris Versteeg and Phillippe Lefebvre.
“They’re good young guys. They’re learning their trade,” noted Florida coach Peter Horachek.
“They both want to be pros. They want to be here.”
Olli Jokinen and Andrew Ladd scored for Winnipeg. Ondrej Pavelec made 21 saves.
The Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak and earned their first points during that span.
Olsen broke a 1-1 tie at 3:31 of the second period when his wrist shot from the slot beat Pavelec.
Upshall got his 100th career assist on the play.
“It’s awesome. It’s your first NHL goal,” Olsen said.
“It was obviously exciting, but it’s even better to get the win and get off that three-game losing streak.”
The Panthers went ahead 3-1 when Fleischmann scored with 2:01 left in the second.
Florida then stretched its lead to 4-1 at 5:37 of the third. Bjugstad wrapped the puck around from behind the net and bounced it off Pavelec’s leg and into the net.
Jokinen—on his 35th birthday—made it 4-2 with 7:15 left in the game when he put the puck through Thomas’ pads from in front.
But Hayes scored with 2:44 remaining on a breakaway to seal the win.
The Jets had two days of rest after their 5-2 win over the N.Y. Rangers on Monday, but the trip to sunny Florida might have distracted them.
“We didn’t have very many good players,” said coach Claude Noel. “We didn’t play very intelligent, for as good as we were in New York.
“We played way different tonight,” he stressed. “We had a hard time getting guys engaged in the game.”
The loss dropped the Jets back to .500 at 13-13-4.
“I hope this is not going to bite us [at] the end of the year,” Jokinen said.
“One game over .500 was a chance to take a step forward.”
Elsewhere in the NHL, Toronto edged Dallas 3-2 (OT), Montreal nipped Boston 2-1, Edmonton dumped Colorado 8-2, Tampa Bay beat Ottawa 3-1, and Minnesota upended Chicago 4-3.
The N.Y. Rangers beat Buffalo 3-1, Pittsburgh dumped San Jose 5-1, St. Louis trounced the N.Y. Islanders 5-1, and Carolina downed Nashville 5-2.

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