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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Struggling to score goals and with several important offensive players sidelined, the Columbus Blue Jackets pulled out a gritty win — just the way coach John Tortorella wants his team to play.

Josh Anderson scored the deciding goal in the eighth round of the shootout, lifting the Blue Jackets to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday night.

“That scratching, clawing, spitting, biting doing everything you can to win the game, we did it,” Tortorella said.

Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped Jared McCann’s attempt to secure the win for the Blue Jackets, who also got goals from Artemi Panarin and Jack Johnson in the tiebreaker. Aleksander Barkov, who tied the score with 1:34 left in the third period, and Mike Matheson scored in the shootout for Florida.

“It was a good point,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said after his team lost its third straight. “It was a hard fought point against a real good hockey club. Both teams had good goaltending. We’ve just got to take this and move on.”

Nick Foligno and rookie Pierre-Luc Dubois scored power-play goals for Columbus — just the second time this season the NHL’s worst man-advantage unit has come through twice, and both against Florida. Bobrovsky, who took an errant stick under his chin in the final period, had 42 saves through overtime to help the Blue Jackets win for just the fourth time in 11 games (4-6-1).

“We threw a lot of pucks at them and we were able to get a couple big power play goals,” Columbus forward Boone Jenner said.

Jonathan Huberdeau also scored for the Panthers and James Reimer stopped 46 shots. Florida’s streak has followed a five-game winning streak to close December.

Reimer was clutch in the third period, keeping his team within one goal while making several tough saves in the opening few minutes and later turning aside a breakaway by Dubois.

“He gave us a chance and he definitely was a big part of us getting a point,” Boughner said of Reimer, who made his 14th straight start. “You always wish you had two. We had some great chances in overtime and it would have been nice to win it for him.”

With the Panthers trailing late in regulation and the teams skating 4-on-4, the puck deflected off the skate of Foligno to Barkov, who slammed it past Bobrovksy for his 13th to even the score.

“The third period I thought we played really well and we just couldn’t score a third goal,” Tortorella said. “And you knew it was going to happen (that Florida would tie the game).”

Foligno opened the scoring at 9:47 of the first period, wristing a rebound from the slot over Reimer’s glove for his first in 11 games.

Huberdeau made it 1-1 just 31 seconds into the second period on the power play with his 15th, a redirection near the crease on pass from Barkov. Huberdeau has scored six times in his last seven games.

Later in the period, Jones zipped a pass from the right side that Dubois tapped in for his ninth on a bang-bang play.

“Our power play hasn’t been working this year but I think in our past couple games we’re getting closer and closer,” Dubois said.

NOTES: Columbus is still without injured forwards Brandon Dubinsky, Cam Atkinson and Alexander Wennberg. … Florida RW Radim Vrbata missed his fifth consecutive game because of an illness. …The Blue Jackets are 17-4-3 when scoring first. … The Panthers, completing the first half of their 82-game schedule, had gone seven contests without a power-play goal.

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For part of the four minutes that clouded the Florida Panthers’ 5-4 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Monday night, Roberto Luongo laid motionless in the crease. His left leg was bent. His right one was straight. His face was pinned to the ice.

On the ice in front of the Panthers bench, James Reimer warmed, stretching out, loosening up as he prepared to replace an injured Luongo for the second time in the season’s first two months. A pair of Florida trainers checked on Luongo on the opposite end of the ice, and Colton Sceviour and Alex Petrovic watched over their teammate.

Luongo would eventually turn over, then limp off the ice, unable to put any weight on his right leg as he left the game with 17:29 remaining in the second period. He disappeared into the Panthers tunnel at 8:40 p.m. It’s unknown when he’ll reemerge again.

After the game, Panthers coach Bob Boughner didn’t have a timeline on Luongo, saying that he’ll be reevaluated Tuesday and get an MRI. Boughner said Luongo was “hobbling a bit” after the game but didn’t know if it would be a long-term injury.

“I don’t really know, to be honest with you, and make a comment on that,” Boughner said. “I don’t know. I would probably say he’s out for Thursday if I had to guess.”

Luongo’s pain stemmed from a save he made on Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock. Pulock blasted a slap shot from the blue line in front of the New York bench, forcing Luongo to kick out his right leg for a pad save. The puck caromed to the boards and Luongo crumpled to the ice.

The injury worsened a night in which Florida lost its third consecutive game, and fell farther behind in its attempt to salvage a slow start. The consecutive wins from last week’s road trip drifted deeper into the rear-view mirror as the Panthers missed an opportunity to climb in the weak Atlantic Division.

Mathew Barzal scored the game-winning goal in the shootout for New York. Vincent Trocheck, Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau each missed in the shootout for the Panthers.

“Me, Barky and Huby, we have to be able to put the puck in the net,” Trocheck said.

Keith Yandle and Denis Malgin scored for the Panthers, and Aaron Ekblad and Barkov notched power-play goals for Florida. Yandle and Trocheck each registered multi-point nights.

After replacing Luongo, Reimer struggled. He allowed three goals on the first eight shots he faced, including John Tavares’ go-ahead at 18:21 of the second period. Tavares tucked a shot through Reimer’s legs minutes after Brock Nelson beat him on the rush to tie the game at 3.

Reimer finished the game with 16 saves on 19 Islanders shots.

“Obviously, I wish I would’ve played better in the second,” Reimer said. “That’s how it goes sometimes.”

Boughner added: “It was a combination of him coming in cold and obviously, after Louie went down, that took a little bit of wind out of our sails. It took us four, five shifts to find it again. It’s a pretty traumatic thing and it turned the game around a little bit.”

Trocheck was a linchpin in Florida’s second-period push that flipped a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead. While already on the power play, Trocheck drew a roughing penalty by New York’s Cal Clutterbuck. The penalty gave Florida a 5-on-3 advantage, which ended two seconds before Ekblad tied at the game at 2.

Fifty-nine seconds after Ekblad’s goal, Clutterbuck again found himself in hot water. After a scrum formed in the far corner of the ice, Clutterbuck banged his stick on the Islanders bench in protest of the officials. He was called for a two-minute unsportsmanlike penalty and a 10-minute misconduct.

On the ensuing power play, Barkov buried a shot past Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Trocheck had assists on both power-play goals.

But Florida’s larger concern is not Monday’s game but rather Luongo’s health.

Luongo’s injury is the latest this calendar year for him. In October, he suffered a right hand injury against the Pittsburgh Penguins when his hand was wedged into the goalpost. In March, he missed the last five weeks of the season with a hip injury.

In the offseason, Luongo adopted a new gameday routine that was supposed to prevent his hip injury from returning. He’s taken a new approach to recovering the day after games, including the occasional maintenance day at practice. The measures couldn’t keep Luongo from a pair of early-season maladies.

After returning from a two-week absence earlier this season, Luongo regained the form that made him one of the game’s elite goaltenders. In the 10 games leading into Monday night, Luongo had a .936 save percentage and 2.28 goals against average. He carried the team on most nights, and Boughner often labeled him the team’s best player in some stretches.

“He is a professional in every sense of the word,” Trocheck said. “He’s a leader in every sense of the word. He’s a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word. And he’s a great goaltender on the ice. He’s done everything for this team since he’s been in the organization. There’s not much negative you could say about Lu. He’s a great hockey player, a great guy, a great leader.”

Losing Luongo would force Reimer back into the spotlight as the team’s No. 1 starter. In the six games Luongo missed earlier this season, Reimer struggled mightily. He had a .894 save percentage and 3.95 goals against average. He was pulled in back-to-back games as Tampa Bay and Columbus each embarrassed the Panthers.

Reimer appeared to be improving in his last couple games, with a strong effort against the Rangers in New York and a 44-save game Saturday in Carolina.

“It looks like he found his game again,” Boughner said prior to Monday’s game. “He’s making some big saves. Louie’s been solid for a few weeks here. If we get that kind of goaltending, giving us a chance to win every night, again, it’s about us competing and not having 10 or 15-minute lulls.”

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It was a tough Saturday night at the BB&T Center in Sunrise for Panthers fan Charles Sternfield — the Detroit Red Wings beat the Panthers 3-2 and an octopus reportedly hit Sternfield in the head.

WSVN Channel 7 reports Sternfield got smacked in the head with the 10-pound sea creature during the national anthem. He told the station, “It was quite heavy. It hurt me, and I was quite shaken up by it. I certainly wasn’t expecting to get hit in the head by a large animal of some type.”

As puckheads know, this kind of thing can happen when Detroit comes to town.

The 65-year-old tradition — it’s reached retirement age, but it’ll never be retired — started in 1952, during the NHL’s six-team days. Four teams made the playoffs, meaning a team had to win two best four-of-seven series to win the Stanley Cup. The dominant Red Wings team not only won both series, did so in a pair of four-game sweeps.

The night of the Cup-clinching eighth playoff win, a pair of Detroit storeowners snuck a octopus into the game and threw it onto the ice, the eight legs symbolizing Detroit’s eight playoff wins.

The tradition faded during the “Detroit Dead Things” era of the 1970s and 1980s. With Detroit’s revival as a perennial powerhouse in the 1990s, the octopus tossing returned during the playoffs. Then, it expanded outside the playoffs as the Red Wings’ resurrection led to Detroit fans being the NHL’s version of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.

Similar to the way Pittsburgh natives who left during the city’s economic transition packed stadiums for Steelers road games, Detroit-area natives who left during Motown’s economic turbulence of the last half century made the Red Wings the NHL’s best road draw during the 1990s and 2000s. And, on more than one occasion, one of them indulged in the octopus tradition.

Obviously and unfortunately, Saturday’s thrower didn’t obey proper octopus-throwing form to get proper ice-reaching distance.

WSVN reports the Sunrise police are looking into the incident.