Edmonton stifles Panthers, who show punch
SUNRISE, Fla. – Taylor Hall ended a scoring drought with two goals, Cam Talbot stopped 30 shots and the Edmonton Oilers added to Florida's slide by beating the Panthers 4-2 on Monday night.
Teddy Purcell had a goal and two assists for Edmonton.
Florida lost its fourth straight after a 12-game win streak.
The Panthers again were without All-Star defenseman Aaron Ekblad, who hasn't played since taking a huge hit from Edmonton's Matt Hendricks on Jan. 11. Hendricks was suspended three games for the play, coincidentally returning to the Oilers' lineup Monday.
Moments after being shown on the scoreboard video screens, Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson squared off with Hendricks — getting at least 11 righthanded punches in, while the Oilers' forward did all he could just to stay on his feet.
"Pretty good hockey game," Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said. "It went back and forth. We owned parts of the game. They owned chunks of the game. It was good for us to experience that on the road."
•AVS COOL JETS: Carl Soderberg and Jarome Iginla bookended the second period with goals for Colorado, and the Avalanche beat the host Jets 2-1. Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves for Colorado, including 10 shots on goal by ex-Gopher Blake Wheeler, who had four shots blocked and missed the net on three others.
•MAKING HIS POINTS: Paul Stastny had a goal and three assists, and the Blues beat visiting Pittsburgh 5-2. Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Troy Brouwer and Kevin Shattenkirk also scored for the Blues, who have won four of five following a five-game losing streak. Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz scored, and Kris Letang had two assists for the Penguins.
•SENATORS STOP SHARKS' ROLL: Mika Zibanejad scored the only goal of the shootout, giving the visiting Senators a 4-3 victory over San Jose and ending the Sharks' five-game winning streak. Ottawa tied the score 3-3 with 5:01 left in the third when Zack Smith scored on a penalty shot after being hooked by Brent Burns on a shorthanded breakaway. Craig Anderson made 32 saves for Ottawa.
•THIS AND THAT: Edmonton C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins left in the second period Monday night because of an injury after blocking a shot while playing against the Panthers. The Oilers later tweeted it will be a long-term injury to his hand. … San Jose forward Raffi Torres could be back in the NHL soon. He finished serving a 41-game suspension for his blow to the head of Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg during a preseason game and was assigned to the minor leagues.