Panthers tie game in final seconds, beat Columbus in shootout to remain unbeaten
Patric Hornqvist of the Florida Panthers beats Joonas Korpisalo of the Columbus Blue Jackets during the shootout to win the game at Nationwide Arena on January 26, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Florida Panthers played just their third game of the season Tuesday, but the team has made the most of its limited opportunities. “This was a huge win for us,” Hornqvist said postgame. “It’s always fun to score big goals and help the team win,” Hornqvist said. “He’s been huge for us so far, and will be huge for us the whole season,” Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov said of Hornqvist.
Familiarity breeds respect among NHL East playoff teams
TORONTO, ONT Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper took exception to the Columbus Blue Jackets being referred to as a blue-collar team. Is that a positive or a negative? Cooper said Monday, a day before his Eastern Conference second-seeded Lightning open the first round of the NHL playoffs against the seventh-seeded Blue Jackets. Thats in the history books forever, Cooper said, noting how both teams have made various changes to their lineups. Id call them a really good team.Familiarity is breeding respect among the East opponents entering the first round. The Islanders hold a 5-2 playoff series edge over Washington.