Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Brandon Pirri scored for a fourth
consecutive game, lifting the Florida Panthers to a come-from-behind win.
Pirri’s goal 16:55 into the third period gave the Panthers a 3-2 victory over
the struggling Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
He scored after collecting a loose puck in the left circle with three Kings
players in the vicinity.
It came after Nick Bjugstad tied the game 7:26 into the third period and
secured a win for Roberto Luongo, who made 29 saves.
Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers, who have won two in a row and
three of their last five games.
“We had a great response, we stuck with it and we scored a couple of big
goals,” said Luongo.
The Kings fell to 0-3 on a five-game road trip and have dropped nine of their
last 10 on the road (1-7-2). They have lost 10 of their last 12 overall
Jonathan Quick gave up three goals on 20 shots, including two on just seven
shots in the third period. Jamie McBain and Marian Gaborik scored in the loss.
Gaborik’s power-play goal made it 2-1 2:19 into the third period and was set
up by Anze Kopitar, who picked up a rebound in front of the crease and passed
back to his teammate in the left circle for a one-timer.
But Bjugstad intercepted a lazy pass by Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin across
the slot and waited out Quick to tie the score just over five minutes later.
Earlier, Barkov gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead 10:39 into the game on a 2-on-1
with Brad Boyes, whose pass across the slot to the right circle was one-timed
by Barkov past Quick.
The Kings tied it 5:09 later when McBain’s shot from the right boards made it
through traffic in front to beat Luongo.
Dustin Brown had two assists for Los Angeles … The Panthers snapped a three-
game losing streak to the Kings, beating them for only the second time in the
last 12 meetings … The Kings continue their road trip Saturday against Tampa
Bay … The Panthers play the second game of a three-game homestand against
Nashville on Sunday.