Less than 24 hours after backstopping his club to a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Sergei Bobrovsky was between the pipes again, this time stopping 30 shots as the Florida Panthers skated to a 5-1 win over the struggling San Jose Sharks 5-1 Sunday.
After the back-to-back victories, Bobrovsky now sports an 11-6-4 record with a 3.24 GAA and .893 save percentage,
Aleksander Barkov, Keith Yandle and Frank Vatrano each had a goal and an assist, and Mike Matheson and Brett Connolly also dented the twine to help Florida move to 3-1 on its current nine-game homestand.
Yandle game-opening goal and Connolly’s team-leading 14th marker, which put the Cats up 4-1 midway through the third period, came on the power play.
Jonathan Huberdeau and Aaron Ekblad each had two assists and Evgenii Dadonov set up Barkov’s first period redirection goal, which turned out be a the game-winner, with a pretty sweet pass. MacKenzie Weegar also drew a helper, on Vatrano’s empty-net clincher.
Kevin Labanc scored the only Sharks goal and Martin Jones made 28 saves for San Jose, who dropped a fourth-straight decision. The Sharks were outscored 12-2 in its two losses in the Sunshine State this weekend.
The Panthers maintained sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division and now have 35 points. Florida will host the Tampa Bay Lightning who thumped the Shakes 7-1 on Saturday, on Tuesday night.
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Tales & Fins
- Jonathan Huberdeau’s two-point game moved him past Stephen Weiss for the second-most points in franchise history with 395.
- Mike Matheson’s goal was his first goal of the season. Matheson last lit the lamp on March 25, 2019 in a 7-5 loss to Toronto.
- Aleksander Barkov’s goal and helper gave him seven points (3G/4A) during a five-game point streak. Barkov became the fifth Panther to hit double-digit goals.
- Speaking of five-game scoring streaks, Keith Yandle is on one as well. Yandle has put up eight points (1G/7A) during his.
- Martin Jones, who was pulled in Tampa Bay, has given up 13 goals on 76 shots in last three starts, all losses.
- For more on Florida’s 15th win of the season, visit Fear The Fin. You won’t need a bigger boat, and don’t confused by the headline.