Huberdeau’s two goals boost Panthers to OT win against Avalanche
- Jonathan Huberdeau scored his second goal of the game 29 seconds into overtime for the Florida Panthers in a 4-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Wednesday.
“I got a fortunate bounce,” Huberdeau said. “Me and [Aleksander Barkov] were kind of looking for a bounce, we haven’t been getting a lot of bounces lately. I saw the puck and I saw (goalie Philipp) Grubauer had his stick out, so I was going to go backhand and five-hole, and I knew it was open.”
- Huberdeau tied it 3-3 with 1:30 left in the third period after goalie Sergei Bobrovsky went to the bench for a sixth skater.
- His shot from the left hash marks went through traffic.
- Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist to stretch his point streak to 12 games.
- He has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in the streak, tying Joe Sakic for the fourth longest to begin a season in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history.
- Barkov and Colton Sceviour scored, and Bobrovsky made 27 saves for the Panthers (6-3-4), who went 2-1-1 on a four-game road trip.
“It feels good,” Huberdeau said. “It’s a huge two points. I think we had a good road trip overall except Vancouver (a 7-2 loss Monday). We’re starting to play more together and tonight showed the character of our team. A huge comeback and now we’re going to have a stretch at home and it’s going to be good to be under the sunshine.”
- Matt Nieto and Joonas Donskoi scored, and Grubauer made 34 saves for the Avalanche (8-2-2), who played their first game without injured forward Gabriel Landeskog.
“It’s disappointing because when you’re able to sort of not be completely at your best for 60 minutes and to be in a position to be up two (goals) late in the third, it’s a tough point to lose,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said.
- Panthers forward Jayce Hawryluk left the game after he sustained an undisclosed injury on a third-period hit by Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov. …
- Huberdeau has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past five games. …
- MacKinnon is the fifth NHL player since 1999-2000 to begin a season with a point streak of 12 games or longer. …
- Colorado forward Mikko Rantanen missed his third game because of a lower-body injury.
- Nikita Zadorov sent Jayce Hawryluk flying into the boards with a huge hit.
Sources & Credits: Rick Sadowski / NHL.com, FLA Panthers, COL Avalanche