Panthers Find Ways to Rally Again, Top Blues 4-3 in Shootout | Sports News

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Sam Reinhart and Anton Lundell scored in the shootout, and the Florida Panthers continued their string of comebacks by rallying from three one-goal deficits to beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Saturday.

Maxim Mamin scored two targets and Reinhart added a aim for Florida. Lucas Carlsson and Anton Lundell every had two assists and Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves for the Panthers — plus stopped Ryan O’Reilly to finish the shootout.

Ville Husso made a career-best 48 saves for the Blues, who received targets from Brandon Saad, Logan Brown and Jake Walman. O’Reilly had two assists for St. Louis.


The Blues performed the ultimate 1:57 of extra time on the penalty kill, and most of that with defenseman Robert Bortuzzo taking part in and not using a stick. All he had was legs and arms to get in passing lanes, and even with Florida taking part in 4-on-3 — and 4 sticks vs. two — the Blues discovered a approach to go to a shootout.

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But Bobrovsky got here up with the save on the finish to seal the win, and Florida improved to 14-1-0 at dwelling.

Husso was taking part in in back-to-back video games for the primary time this season since St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol after testing optimistic for the coronavirus.

Florida pulled Bobrovsky with 2:36 left, down by one.

Bobrovsky was again with 2:34 left, with the sport tied.


It was that straightforward and that fast: Lundell gained a faceoff, tapping the puck again to Mamin, who ripped a one-timer previous Husso to tie the sport at 3-3.

And with that, the legend of the Comeback ‘Cats continued.

After getting down 4-1 to Washington on Tuesday and 3-0 to Buffalo on Thursday — then finding ways to win both games — the Panthers found themselves in familiar territory when St. Louis opened the scoring on Brown’s second aim of the season at 5:24 of the opening interval.

Such was the way in which the primary two intervals went: St. Louis would rating, Florida would reply. Mamin tied it at 1-1 for the Panthers precisely 100 seconds after Brown’s aim. Walman put the Blues again on high 6:36 into the second, and Reinhart tapped in a rebound at 18:00 of that interval to knot issues up once more.

Saad made it 3-2 St. Louis at 4:29 of the third, redirecting a cross from O’Reilly just below Bobrovsky’s proper leg. And simply as they did when going through 1-0 and 2-1 deficits, the Panthers tied the sport but once more.

St. Louis’ recreation at Florida in the course of the 2019-20 season was canceled due to the pandemic, and the way in which the schedule was arrange final season meant groups have been solely taking part in groups inside their division. That meant Saturday’s recreation was the Blues’ first at Sunrise since Feb. 5, 2019. Of the 38 gamers who took half in that 2019 recreation, solely 11 — seven Blues and 4 Panthers — have been on the ice Saturday.

NOTES: Husso’s earlier profession greatest for saves was 34. … This is the one home-and-home collection for Florida this season. It’s the second of 5 for St. Louis. … Florida had given up precisely 4 targets in every of its final 4 video games, tying the longest such streak in the NHL this season. … Reinhart has targets in three consecutive video games. It’s the primary time he’s had a three-game streak as a Panther; he had three of no less than three video games with Buffalo. … The Panthers aren’t dwelling once more till Dec. 14. … St. Louis performs its subsequent 4 video games at dwelling.

The groups play once more in St. Louis on Tuesday.

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