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Vatrano scores twice as Panthers beat Blue Jackets 4-2

Teammates celebrate with Frank Vatrano of the Florida Panthers after he scores an unassisted goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first period at the BB&T Center on April 19, 2021 in Sunrise, Florida.
Teammates celebrate with Frank Vatrano of the Florida Panthers after he scores an unassisted goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first period at the BB&T Center on April 19, 2021 in Sunrise, Florida. (2021 Getty Images)

SUNRISE, Fla. – Frank Vatrano scored two goals, Anthony Duclair had a pair of assists and the Florida Panthers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2.

Sam Bennett and Radko Gudas also scored for the Panthers, who have won five straight games against the Blue Jackets and gone 6-0-1 in their last seven meetings.

Vatrano’s second goal was an empty-netter at 18:38 of the third after he was stopped on a penalty shot earlier in the period.

Florida netminder Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves.

Elvis Merzlikins turned back 35 shots for the Blue Jackets.

Oliver Bjorkstrand got his team-leading 15th goal and Zac Dalpe also scored for Columbus, which has lost three straight.


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