Bjorkstrand scored on a 2-on-1 rush off a nice feed from Domi at the 6-minute mark of the second period. Bjorkstrand struck again later in the second from the right circle after Riley Nash shoveled a pass out from the behind the net.
The Panthers had a miserable second period offensively, managing just four on-target shots, but Hornqvist’s deflection of Forsling shot with 4:10 left made it a one-goal game.
Laine rifled in a shot from the left circle on a power play early in the third. Domi slid in a shot from a sharp angle 80 seconds later for a 4-1 lead, but the Panthers came charging back.
Lomberg batted a rebounded puck out of the air and past Merzlikins for his first NHL goal. Tippett’s goal cut the lead to 4-3, and Barkov tied the score with a wrist shot from the right circle on a power play with 5:34 left.
ELVIS IS BACK
Merzlikins got his first start since Feb. 20 after spending two weeks on injured reserve because of a bone bruise in his left shoulder. Joonas Korpisalo started all eight games while Merzlikins was sidelined.
Panthers: A two-game series at home against Chicago opens Saturday.