Bobrovsky stops 40 shots, Panthers hold off Blue Jackets 4-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Patric Hornqvist and Owen Tippett scored power-play goals in the second period, Sergei Bobrovsky made 40 saves and the Florida Panthers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Juho Lammikko and Carter Verhaeghe also scored for the Panthers, who have won three of their last four games.

Michael Del Zotto and Oliver Bjorkstrand had goals for the Blue Jackets, and Joonas Korpisalo stopped 29 shots. Columbus has lost five of the last seven.

Lammikko got his third goal of the season 4:59 into the game when he got in front of trailing Columbus defender Gabriel Carlsson and beat Korpisalo between the pads. Hornqvist got credit for a power-play goal early in the second when he deflected in Aaron Ekblad’s slap shot from the right circle.

Del Zotto got Columbus on the board later in the second off a nice spin move and perfect feed from Eric Robinson.

Tippett, just called up from the taxi squad earlier in the day, gave the Panthers a two-goal lead when he scored on a power play late in the second, a hard shot from the right point that beat a screened Korpisalo.

Bjorkstrand tipped in a goal off a Zach Werenski pass to make it a one-goal game at 11:38 of the third, but Bobrovsky held off the Blue Jackets power play and Verhaeghe got an empty-net goal with 23 seconds left to seal it.


Panthers: D Markus Nutivaara, a former Blue Jacket, was activated from injured reserve after missing 12 games with an upper-body injury. … Hornqvist got his sixth power-play goal.

Blue Jackets: Before their second-period goal, the Blue Jackets had allowed nine unanswered goals over a three-game stretch. … F Jack Roslovic played his 200th career NHL game. … G Elvis Merzlikins, who missed seven games with a shoulder injury, was activated from injured reserve but sat as the backup to Korpisalo, who has started the last eight in a row.


The teams wrap up a two-game series on Thursday night in Columbus.


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