It’s funny how hockey works some times. A team can push the action for the majority of the game and still lose handedly.
Mistakes are usually the main ingredient in these instances and mistakes is what exactly cost the Florida Panthers a chance at two points, falling to the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1.
Brad Boyes scored the team’s lone goal of the night for the Panthers, but was outnumbered with goals from Boone Jenner, Ryan Johansen, Nick Foligno, and Mark Letestu.
Sergei Bobrovsky out dueled Tim Thomas by making 35-saves to Thomas’ 26. Thomas has now allowed 14-goals in his past three outings.
The scoring opened with Jenner’s ninth goal of the season, scoring on a 2-on-1 with Johansen. After Johansen made Thomas overcommit, it left the net wide open for Jenner who was met with little (no) resistance in front of the net.
Johansen’s 22nd goal of the season put the Panthers down 2-0 after Jenner made Thomas overcommit and found a wide open Johansen who was met with little to no resistance (common theme much?).
The Panthers didn’t go down without a fight in the second period, putting on an all-out charge in the second, registering 15-shots on net – scoring once.
Boyes scored his 15th of the season, giving the faithful a hope of a comeback that in the end never came as Foligno would add a goal at the end of the period and Letestu tallied in the third.
Boyes’ 15-goals on the season is now the highest total he has scored since he combined for 17 during the 2010-2011 season between the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues.
The Panthers return home Tuesday for a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who beat the Panthers 6-3 in their last contest.
Florida now only has three games left before the Olympic break – including the Maple Leafs the Panthers have games against the Detroit Red Wings and the Carolina Hurricanes before have two weeks off while players are off in Sochi.
Anthony is the Editor at The Rat Trick. You can follow him on Twitter @AMurphyTFC.