Panthers' Jonathan Huberdeau (on ice) scores against Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (centre) and Tobias Enstrom (right) during third period action in Sunrise, Fla., on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (Rhona Wise/Reuters)
SUNRISE, FLA. - It’s fitting that they call it the penalty kill. The Winnipeg Jets take penalties, and it kills them.
For the second game in a row the Jets couldn’t kill a penalty if their lives depended on it. They gave up three power-play goals and fell 6-3 to the Florida Panthers tonight at BB&T Center. The announced crowd was 15,731, but there was nowhere near that in the building as the Panthers ended a five-game losing streak during which they scored only five goals.
Peter Mueller and Alex Kovalev scored power-play goals 1:27 apart midway through the third period, with the latter standing up as the winner. Jonathan Huberdeau added the insurance goal with 4:31 to go in the game, and Tomas Kopecky notched the empty-netter.
The Panthers were 3-for-6 with the man advantage.
The Jets fell to 3-3-1 with their second straight loss and will finish off their three-game road trip, which started with a loss to Montreal, Friday night in Tampa Bay against the Lightning.
The Jets were missing defenceman Dustin Byfuglien, who was out with an undisclosed injury, and Zach Redmond made his NHL debut in his place.