Byfuglien's OT goal lifts Jets, 3-2
- Article by: PAUL GEREFFI
- Associated Press
- March 8, 2013 - 9:44 PM
SUNRISE, Fla. - Dustin Byfuglien scored with 40.5 seconds left in overtime and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Friday night.
Byfuglien brought the puck across to the right circle and his wrist shot whistled past Jacob Markstrom.
Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd also scored for Winnipeg. Ladd also had an assist and has three goals and four assists in the last five games for the Jets.
Ondrej Pavelec made 38 saves.
Shawn Matthias and Jonathan Huberdeau scored goals for Florida and Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 shots.
The Jets have won five of their past seven games. The Panthers have lost five of six.
The Panthers tied it at 2 in the third period on Matthias' goal. Tomas Kopecky passed across to Matthias to the left of the crease and his wrist shot beat Pavelec high on the stick side.
Trailing 2-0, the Panthers scored when a loose puck bounced off Huberdeau in traffic in front of the Jets' net. The puck barely crossed the goal line with 13 seconds left in the first period. Huberdeau has four goals in four games against the Jets this season.
It didn't take long for the Jets to find the net: 2:35 to be exact. Ladd's goal came on the first shot by the Jets. Ladd's shot from the left circle was partially blocked but trickled past Markstrom and just crossed the goal line before the net was dislodged.
Ladd leads the Jets with 13 goals.
The Jets went ahead 2-0 on Wheeler's slap shot from the right circle.
Notes: Panthers W Kris Versteeg returned to the lineup Friday after missing 12 games with an upper body injury. . The Jets have gone seven straight games without allowing a power-play goal and defended 21 short-handed situations in that stretch. . The Jets ended a three-game Florida road trip. They lost to the Panthers 4-1 last Tuesday and beat Tampa Bay 2-1 on Thursday.
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