The Florida Panthers ended their five game home stand in style with a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. The Panthers received goals from Erik Gudbranson, Dylan Olsen, Tomas Fleischmann, Nick Bjugstad and Jimmy Hayes. With the win, the Panthers snapped a three game losing streak in which they were outscored 14-6. They finished their five game home stand with a 2-3 record.
Andrew Ladd got the Jets out to a 1-0 lead at 5:27 into the first period. The Panthers evened the score at 14:02 when Erik Gudbranson fired a slap shot past Ondrej Pavelec for his second goal of the season.
From there it was all Panthers. Dylan Olsen scored his first NHL at 3:31 in the second period. The play stared when Gudbranson laid a big hit behind the Panthers net and while the Jets seemed more interested in retaliating, Scottie Upshall led an odd-man rush up the ice and found Olsen in a dangerous scoring area. Tomas Fleischmann added another in the second to put the Panthers up 3-1. With the goal, Fleischamann snapped a 14 game goal-less streak.
The Panthers continued their scoring ways in the third when Nick Bjugstad finished on a nice wrap around attempt at 5:37 into the final frame. He was assisted on the goal by Scottie Upshall (11) and Tom Gilbert (9). Upshall, who had two assists in the game, remained red-hot extending his current scoring streak to five games. He has 6 points (2-4-6) during that span.
Former Panther, Olli Jokinen scored his seventh of the year to bring to Jets within two at 12:45 into the third but a couple of minutes later, Jimmy Hayes put the game on ice with his second of the year. Hayes was assisted by Dylan Olsen and the duo the Panthers received from the Versteeg trade had a very productive night. Olsen finished with a goal and an assist while Hayes finished with just the one goal.
Tim Thomas got the win for the Panthers, stopping 29 of 31 shots. With the win, Florida improves to 8-16-5 for a total of 21 points.
Up next for the Panthers is a two game road trick with back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday against the Red Wings and Blackhawks respectively. Their game against the Red Wings will be their first against Detroit since the two teams moved to the Atlantic Division.