NHL: Florida Panthers beat Tampa Bay Lightning 9-2

Matthew Tkachuk and Sam Bennett had two goals and two assists in the Florida Panthers’ 9-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Panthers record their 11th consecutive road win to move within one win of the NHL record.

Brendan Hagel, however, started the game on the right foot for Tampa by opening the scoring after just 24 seconds of play.

The Lightning’s descent into hell began when Brandon Montour tied the game at 7:01 of the first period. The Panthers then scored eight more unanswered goals to easily dispose of their Florida rivals.

A Tkachuk double in 74 seconds early in the second half brought the score to 6-1 for Paul Maurice’s men, while eliminating the Lightning.

After allowing six goals on 22 shots after 40 minutes of play, Andrei Vasilevsky gave way to Jonas Johansson for the third period. The Swede conceded three goals during the first four minutes of play in the period.

Carter Verhaeghe also found the back of the net twice to reach the 30-goal mark this season. Montour scored three points and Gustav Forsling added a goal and an assist.

Brayden Point scored the Lightning’s second goal on a tough night for the Lightning big guns. Point and Nikita Kucherov finished the match with a -4 record, while Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman did a little better with a -3 record.

Sergei Bobrovsky signed the victory with a good performance of 28 stops.

To avoid excesses at the end of the match after several episodes of boasting, the referees did not sit idly by. Bennett, Montour, Tkachuk, Nick Cousins, Niko Mikkola and Anton Lundell were ejected from the game. Hedman, Hagel, Austin Watson, Michael Eyssimont, Haydn Fleury and Tyler Motte were also sent to the showers in the losing field.

Scheifele leads the charge against the Canucks

Forward Mark Scheifele contributed to all four of his team’s goals as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Saturday at Rogers Arena.

Scheifele scored and added three assists, Gabriel Vilardi had two goals and an assist and Sean Monahan scored for the first time in a Jets uniform. Kyler Connor had two assists.

Tyler Myers and Noah Juulsen responded for the Canucks.

Thatcher Demko stopped 24 of 28 shots for the Canucks, while Connor Hellebuyck stopped 35 of 37 shots directed at him.

The Jets took the lead midway through the second period, immediately after the game and instigators penalty for fighting Adam Lowry, instead of Canucks forward Phil Di Giuseppe.

Scheifele handed the puck to Vilardi, who then saw Monahan for the first time with the Jets.

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