SUNRISE, Fla. — Patrick Laine scored to extend his point streak to 11 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 6-3 win over the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena on Thursday.
Laine scored 21 points (13 goals, eight assists) during his longest active streak in the NHL.
JF Berube made 39 saves in his third straight start for the Blue Jackets (27-23-1), who have won four in a row and seven in eight.
“I loved how we competed from the first shift,” Columbus coach Brad Larsen said. “I think they kept their cool. It was a total team effort. This team was a handful for us, and coming here and keeping this thing going was great.”
Video: [email protected]: Laine scores 13th goal in 10 games
Columbus lost to Florida 9-2 and 8-4 this season.
“We had a different approach than we had in this game (8-4), and we had to learn from that,” Blue Jackets captain Boone Jenner said. “It was embarrassing, but we’ve just been focused on building our game the last few weeks. I thought we did that and we got a big win.”
Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist for the Panthers (35-12-5), who allowed 12 goals in two straight home losses. Jonas Johanson made 22 saves in his first game since being waived by the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 13.
“It’s not going to be all sunshine and rainbows and all that,” Florida defender said MacKenzie Weegar noted. “Losing could be a good thing for our team. We are going to face adversity at certain times of the year, and this is one of them.”
Weegar gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 8:33 of the first period. Alexander Barkov circled the net before stealing a pass to Weegar, who fired into an open net.
Laine tied the game 1-1 at 15:05 when he received a pass from Jakub Voracek on a 2-on-1 and beat Johansson’s glove side from the right hash marks.
Jenner gave Columbus a 2-1 lead at 9:32 of the second period when he redirected Vladislav Gavrikov‘s wrist shot from the point.
Video: [email protected]: Jenner deflects on Gavrikov’s shot
Gabriel Carlsson made it 3-1 at 3:12 of the third period on a one-timer from the left circle. It was his first match since January 31,
Huberdeau put Florida 3-2 at 6:52, but Columbus picked up the momentum with two goals in 10 seconds.
cole sillinger shot from the short side on a 3-on-2 to make it 4-2 at 9:47, and Justin Danforth deflected a point shot from Adam Boqvist at 9:57 to extend the lead to 5-2.
“We need more energy,” Huberdeau said. “I thought we looked a little tired today.”
Video: [email protected]: Sillinger and Danforth score back-to-back
Sam Bennett made it 5-3 at 1:41, blocking in a loose puck in the crease with Johansson fired for an extra skater.
Olivier Bjorkstrand scored an empty net goal at 14:01 for the 6-3 final.
“We just played and didn’t let anything shake,” Larsen said. “For me, that was the difference. Tonight we were aggressive. I liked the way we played. It’s something we have to keep doing.”
REMARKS: Berube is the second goaltender to win his first three decisions for the Blue Jackets, joining Steve Mason (2008-09). … Jenner’s goal was his 143rd for Columbus, moving past Nick Foligno for the third in its history. Rick Nash is first with 289, and Cam Atkinson is second with 213. … Carlsson was in the lineup in place of the defender Zach Werensky, who didn’t make the trip after suffering an upper-body injury in a 4-3 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Werenski is not expected to play for the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. … Huberdeau had one assist in nine straight games, a Panthers record, and had 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) during that span. … Florida defender Olli Juolevi was minus 1 in 11:38 of ice time after missing 12 games with a lower-body injury.