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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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PITTSBURGH — John Gibson grew up in Pittsburgh. He downplayed his annual homecoming Saturday night, but his teammates with the Anaheim Ducks understood this wasn’t just any game and it wasn’t just any arena for the 24-year-old who has helped keep them afloat during an uneven first half of the season.

What better way to thank Gibson for hanging in there than helping him shut down the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Gibson turned aside 29 shots and the Ducks pounced on several sloppy mistakes by the Penguins in an easy 4-0 victory.

“It might sound silly, but for us, it was important,” said Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler, who capped the scoring with his fourth goal of the season. “Mainly because of what John’s done for us all season. I mean, he’s stood on his head multiple times and given us opportunities to win hockey games.”

Gibson didn’t quite have to go that far in picking up his first victory in his hometown. The Penguins got to him for five goals last year and six in the 2015-16 season opener. They didn’t get one by him this time.

While he wasn’t particularly busy, Gibson’s night included a sprawling blocker save on Sidney Crosby in the second period that preserved a three-goal lead.

“Just throw something over there and hope (the puck) hits it,” Gibson said.

Rickard Rakell, Andrew Cogliano and Ondrej Kase also scored for the Ducks, who wrapped up a six-game road trip with a flourish.

“I think the last few games, we’ve obviously been playing a lot better, especially defensively,” Gibson said. “I think we’re kind of getting in our zone and feeling confident. Definitely trending in the right direction.”

The Penguins not so much.

Matt Murray made 10 saves on 13 shots before he was pulled early in the second period after Cogliano turned a short-handed breakaway into his fifth goal. The Penguins have lost five of seven and are one point out of last place in the Metropolitan Division.

“We made some big mistakes,” Crosby said. “Sometimes you can make those and get away with them and tonight they were big ones, some Grade A chances that we ended up giving up the other way.”

Two days after an emotionally charged shootout victory over Columbus that the Penguins hoped would be the start of a surge needed to get back in the mix, they instead fell into an all-too familiar pattern of questionable decision-making that ended with their goaltenders exposed and an early deficit.

“When you go down two goals early, it makes for an uphill battle and there’s been a lot of those lately,” coach Mike Sullivan said.

Kase pounced when a lazy and inaccurate cross-ice pass by Kris Letang intended for teammate Brian Dumoulin instead hit the boards behind Dumoulin and bounced toward the middle of the ice. Kase jumped on it, split Dumoulin and Letang and flipped a shot by Murray to put Anaheim up just 3:10 into the game.

Rakell doubled the lead when he took the puck away from newly acquired defenseman Jamie Oleksiak and slipped a shot by Murray that trickled between the goalie’s pads just past the midway point of the first period.

The Penguins had an early power-play chance in the second, but the momentum vanished quickly. Brandon Montour’s clear for Anaheim skipped by Crosby and went right to Cogliano. He broke in alone and beat Murray between the legs to make it 3-0 at 3:42, and Murray skated to the bench in favor of Tristan Jarry.

While Jarry allowed only Fowler’s power-play goal with just 3.4 seconds to go in the second, the damage was already done, leaving the 502nd consecutive sellout crowd at PPG Paints Arena to boo another listless night.

“We show signs of it where we put some games together where we’re playing to the identity that this group has had success with,” Sullivan said. “But we haven’t done it nearly consistently enough this year.”

NOTES: The Ducks finished their road trip 3-2-1. … Anaheim went 1 for 2 on the power play. The Penguins were 0 for 2 with the man advantage. … Pittsburgh scratched D Matt Hunwick and C Dominik Simon. … Anaheim scratched Ds Korbinian Holzer and Andy Welinski and F Dennis Rasmussen.

UP NEXT

Ducks: Begin a three-game homestand next Wednesday against Vegas.

Penguins: Face Columbus for the second time in less than a week on Wednesday. Pittsburgh beat the Blue Jackets 3-2 in a shootout on Dec. 21.

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VANCOUVER – Just for fun, imagine the Vancouver Canucks fully healthy – you’ll have to think hard because it hasn’t happened since Game 3 – and make a list of their National Hockey League players in order from best to worst.

Now, cross out the guys who are injured.

Don’t worry too much whether you have Bo Horvat or Brock Boeser at the top of the list because they’re both out for now. Defenceman Chris Tanev is probably No. 3. He’s hurt, too. And whether you have injured winger Sven Baertschi ranked ahead or behind Danny and Hank Sedin, he’s somewhere in the top seven.

Some of you may have shutdown (and penalty-killing) forwards Brandon Sutter and Derek Dorsett in the bottom half of your lists, but based on role and ice time under Canuck coach Travis Green, they’re probably both inside the top 10. Top 12 at worst.

The Canucks, in a span of about three weeks, have lost six of their top 10 or 12 players.

Which is why that warm breeze rushing east over The Rockies on Monday afternoon was British Columbia exhaling that Boeser’s injured foot will keep the talented 20-year-old out a matter of days, not weeks.

When the Calder Trophy candidate, who leads the Canucks with 17 goals and 30 points in 31 games, crawled excruciatingly off the ice Sunday and hobbled away after being drilled by Mark Giordano’s shot, it seemed any lingering hope for Vancouver’s season was leaving with him.

But a CT scan Monday confirmed that Boeser had escaped any fractures to his left foot — by far the best injury news the Canucks have had during a dark, bleak December.

“It’s good news that it’s not broken,” general manager Jim Benning told Sportsnet. “I’m relieved because he has been playing so well for us. His shot and his ability around the net to find pucks and make plays and score goals is huge for us. It’s not fractured, so that’s the good news. It’s still a bone bruise and he could be out a little bit. But I’m just glad he’s not going to be out for six or eight weeks.”

The injuries to Horvat (broken foot), Baertschi (broken jaw), Sutter (lower body) and Tanev (lower body) are all long-term. Only Tanev is expected to miss fewer than four weeks. The Canucks hope their seventh injured player, defenceman Erik Gudbranson (upper body), returns soon. He last played on Nov. 22.

Tough luck for the Canucks? Absolutely. They’ve been accustomed to it since they entered the NHL in 1970.

But eight months ago, Vancouver was a 69-point team going nowhere. Until Horvat broke his foot in an awkward solo collision with the boards two weeks ago, the Canucks were 14-10-4 and digging in for a long fight for a playoff spot.

Since then, they are 1-5 and have been outscored 26-6 in the losses. No matter what they say, the Canucks haven’t been close without Horvat and Baertschi and others.

Without Boeser long-term, they’d have had zero chance to stay competitive.

That’s why the sight of him sliding across the ice Sunday was the low point of the Canucks’ season.

“I just thought this can’t be happening,” Benning said. “With the injuries we’ve had so far, like, this can’t be happening.

“I’ve never been a part of teams that have lost this amount of top players. A third of our team is out. No matter how hard you try to plan to have depth in the organization, when you’re six or seven guys down, it’s just too many important players to try to replace. Having said that, the players we have left have to work and compete and be competitive until we get injured guys back.”

It’s stunning how quickly and dramatically the Canucks’ course has changed in a couple of weeks.

With the Montreal Canadiens visiting Rogers Arena on Tuesday, the 15-15-4 Canucks are as near 15th place as the final playoff spot in the Western Conference (four points) and in danger of sinking below .500 for the first time since Oct. 20.

“We had some momentum, our guys were getting some confidence,” Benning lamented. “(But) the players we lost, it’s hard to replace. Until we ran into these injuries. . . we were competitive in every game. We were still competitive when we were missing one or two players, but when you get to six or seven, this is a hard league to stay competitive in.”

Other teams manage it. The Anaheim Ducks, for example, have stayed afloat despite missing titanic centres Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler almost all season.

But the Ducks were a 105-point team last year and are trying to win the Stanley Cup. The Canucks were a 69-point team and are simply trying to improve and build towards something better two or three years from now.

“It just seems like bad luck,” Benning said. “The injuries we’ve had – Sven gets a puck in the face and breaks his jaw, Bo slams into the boards and never really got hit – it’s bad luck. I don’t know what we can do about that. It’s bad-luck things.”

They finally got a good-luck thing on Monday.

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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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The New York Islanders have depth on their NHL roster. That is certainly a good problem to have but it has caused some issues regarding getting their young guns into the lineup. The Isles should trade Chimera and call-up Ho-Sang.

The New York Islanders are off to a positive start (7-5-1). Their schedule hasn’t been easy. There are still a number of area’s the Isles need to improve, one of which is secondary scoring.
Secondary Scoring

On most nights scoring goals hasn’t been a problem for the Isles. However, their secondary scoring can greatly improve.

John Tavares (12 Goals) and Anders Lee (8 Goals) are off to sensational starts, but the Isles need more scoring production from the rest of the lineup, specifically the third and fourth lines.

The Isles fourth line of Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, and Nikolai Kulemin is fine. Like to see that unit return to form where many hockey people called them the best fourth line in hockey.

Jason Chimera finds himself on the Isles third line. It’s been a tough start to the season for the 38-year old winger (0G, 2A, -2 in 13 games).

Last year, Chimera posted 20 goals for the blue and orange. The Isles need that kind of production this season as well.
Ho-Sang

Josh Ho-Sang wasn’t assigned to Bridgeport because of poor play. It was a numbers game that sent Ho-Sang to the Sound Tigers. The 2014 first-round pick did provide some offense for the Isles while he suited up to start the season (4 Points in 6 Games & +1).

Ho-Sang provides a lot of skill, speed, and offense. Let’s remember with just a number of NHL games under his belt, Ho-Sang is still rounding out his game, especially away from the puck.

If the Isles recall Ho-Sang, look for a solid return on that investment after a number of games.

Ho-Sang could force the issue if he continues to play well at Bridgeport (1 Goal & 2 Points in 2 Games).

Making the Call

Not saying Chimera is done but the clock is ticking. The best players should play.

The argument against making such a move now is there will be injuries and the Isles would miss Chimera’s veteran voice in the locker room. However, that doesn’t mean Chimera can continue to play at this level. If things don’t change by Thanksgiving then Garth Snow needs to make this move.

Keep in mind if the Isles move Chimera it’s all about making room for Ho-Sang. Given Chimera’s production, age, cap hit, and the fact he is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, the Isles wouldn’t get more than a fifth or sixth round draft pick in return.

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Who are these guys?

And what have they done with the early-season Montreal Canadiens?

In wins over the Rangers on Saturday and Ottawa Monday night, the Canadiens scored 13 goals – equalling their total through the first eight games of 2017-’18.

Despite falling behind 1-0 on Tom Pyatt’s goal 21 seconds into the game, the Canadiens rallied to chase Craig Anderson and rout the home team.

How bad were the Senators?

Erik Karlsson finished the game minus-6. And the perennial Norris Trophy candidate had a grand total of ZERO shots on Al Montoya.

While the home-ice Senators were sucking, the Canadiens got balanced excellence from all four forward lines.

Thirteen Canadiens – including Montoya – made the scoresheet.

Charles Hudon, finally cracking his NHL nut, and the indefatigable Artturi Lehkonen each scored twice.

Alex Galchenyuk played less than 11 minutes … and scored again.

Shea Weber had three assists and finished the game plus-4.

Big Mike McCarron had four hits.

And when the game was still a game, the surprise starter made big stops.

The ludicrous final score notwithstanding, the Canadiens did not play a perfect game. Pucks in the Canadiens’ zone continue to be an adventure, and a better team than Ottawa might have taken greater advantage of the jitters we saw from the Canadiens’ D core.

The rest of the road trip – Minnesota Thursday night, then a Winnipeg-Chicago back-to-back on the weekend – presents greater challenges than the Senators were able to muster in their own barn.

On L’Antichambre, Gaston Therrien said the Canadiens continue to give attacking opponents too many good looks. This will have to be tightened up as the season progresses, and some might argue that the current D corps is substandard.

There were encouraging signs. Victor Mete bounced back with a solid game after a couple of tough outings. Jeff Petry had four hits and continued to bounce back from a subpar start to his season.

I’m not sold on the Karl Alzner-Jordie Benn pairing. With about $9 million to spend, general manager Marc Bergevin has to think about shoring up his back end.

Through the wretched start of the Canadiens’ season, it looked like Bergevin had to go shopping for a forward.

The last two games suggest that might not be a problem … especially if Galchenyuk continues to play his way off the fourth line.

Two Ws in a row, peeps.

Pick out your spots for the parade.