Jets beat Panthers 3-2 in overtime

The Winnipeg Jets celebrate their goal against the Florida Panthers during the first period of...

The Winnipeg Jets celebrate their goal against the Florida Panthers during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Florida March 8, 2013. REUTERS/Rhona Wise

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Dustin Byfuglien scored with 40 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers Friday night at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Byfuglien was roaming all over Florida’s zone during the four-on-four play, and he ended up with the puck along the hashmarks to the right of Florida netminder Jacob Markstrom. Byfuglien headed towards the slot, avoided Tomas Kopecky and then wired a wrist shot for his fourth of the season.

Winnipeg has won two games in a row and improved to 12-11-1. It will finish its four-game road trip on Sunday in New Jersey against the Devils.

The Jets took a 2-1 lead into the third period after no scoring in the second, the Panthers tied it up when James Wright failed to clear it and then Grant Clitsome used only one hand to try and corral a bouncing puck. Three seconds later Shawn Matthias directed in a Kopecky pass past a helpless Ondrej Pavelec.

Captain Andrew Ladd scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season and Blake Wheeler added his eighth to give the Jets a 2-0 lead in the first period, but they lost their momentum when Jonathan Huberdeau scored with 12 seconds to go, his fourth against Winnipeg this season.

Ladd’s shot found its way through Markstrom’s legs and just trickled over the line 2:25 into the game. Wheeler waltzed into the Florida zone, danced around a couple of Panthers and then wired a shot over Markstrom’s left shoulder.

The victory was a bit of redemption for the Jets, who got thumped by the Panthers 4-1 on Tuesday night.

 

 

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The Winnipeg Jets are having a much better night in Sunrise, Fla., than they did on Tuesday.

Captain Andrew Ladd scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season and Blake Wheeler added his eighth to give the Winnipeg Jets a 2-1 lead over Florida Panthers after two periods tonight at BB&T Center.

All of the scoring so far took place in the first period.

Ladd’s shot found its way through Jacob Markstrom’s legs and just trickled over the line 2:25 into the game. Wheeler waltzed into the Florida zone, danced around a couple of Panthers and then wired a shot over Markstrom’s left shoulder.

The Jets lost their momentum when Jonathan Huberdeau scored with 12 seconds to go, his fourth against the Jets this season.

Ondrej Pavelec, who lost to the Panthers 4-1 on Tuesday night, is back between the pipes for the Jets and has made 24 saves thus far. The Panthers came on strong in the second half of the second period, but Pavelec has stood tall.

 


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