Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Nick Bjugstad finished with two goals and
two assists to lead a potent offensive attack that powered the Florida
Panthers to a 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.
Brad Boyes tallied two goals and an assist, Jonathan Huberdeau added a goal
and a helper and Vincent Trocheck also scored for the Panthers, who exploded
with four second-period goals to rebound from a 4-3 shootout loss to the
Islanders on Friday.
Al Montoya made 33 saves for his first win as a member of the Panthers.
Hampus Lindholm and Andrew Cogliano each lit the lamp for Anaheim, while
Frederik Andersen allowed four goals on 15 shots.
Jason LaBarbera came on and gave up two goals on 14 shots in relief for the
Ducks, who have lost five of their last six. Ducks forward Cory Perry returned
to the ice after missing five games with the mumps, but was kept off the
scoresheet to end his seven-game point streak.
Florida seized control of the game with four unanswered goals in the middle
The Panthers took a 3-1 lead on two goals, separated by just 2:48. Boyes
tipped in Huberdeau’s shot 1:23 into the stanza and Bjugstad drove up the left
side before sneaking a wrister past Andersen at 4:11.
Aaron Ekblad took a pass at the blue line and had his shot was deflected by
Huberdeau into the back of the net midway through the frame.
Boyes scored his second of the night by firing a quick shot through the legs
of the Anaheim netminder for a 4-1 advantage with 2:41 left in the second.
Bjugstad’s shot through traffic from the left circle made it a 6-1 contest
less than five minutes into the final stanza.
Cogliano’s shot from the right circle squirted through Montoya’s pads late in
the third to cap the scoring.
Trocheck wristed a shot over the glove from the right circle off a 2-on-1 for
the game’s opening marker 4:40 into the game.
Emerson Etem dropped a pass back to Lindholm, whose shot from the top of the
left circle beat Montoya for a tied game at 12:16 of the first.
Florida won in Anaheim for the first time since Nov. 9, 2008 … Jussi Jokinen
and Brian Campbell each had two assists for Florida … Anaheim placed forward
Devante Smith-Pelly on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.