Haley breaks tie in 3rd, Panthers beat Jets 6-4

Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad (27) and Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (33) and center Mark Scheifele (55) compete for the puck duri

Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry (17) battles for the puck with Florida Panthers right wing Radim Vrbata, right, and defenseman Mike Matheson during th

Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers (27) attempts a shot at Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer (34) during the second period of an NHL hockey gam

Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine (29) congratulates right wing Blake Wheeler (26) after Wheeler scored during the second period of an NHL hockey

Florida Panthers center Micheal Haley (18) slams Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (5) into the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey

Florida Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk (13) scores a goal against Winnipeg Jets goalie Eric Comrie (1) during the first period of an NHL hockey game T

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Micheal Haley scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period to lead the Florida Panthers over the Winnipeg Jets 6-4 on Thursday night.

Vincent Trocheck had two goals, and Denis Malgin, Mark Pysyk and Aaron Ekblad also scored for the Panthers, who snapped a three-game skid. James Reimer made 35 saves.

Patrik Laine had a goal and two assists for the Jets. Blake Wheeler, Adam Lowry and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored. Eric Comrie stopped 30 shots in his second career start.

The Panthers took a 5-4 lead when Haley redirected a shot by Derek MacKenzie 9:58 into the third. Trocheck added an empty-netter with 10.1 seconds left.

Trocheck gave the Panthers a 4-3 lead 48 seconds into the third when he poked in a rebound during a power play. The Jets tied it again 1:03 later on Laine's goal.

The Panthers tied it at 3 when Malgin took a pass from Colton Sceviour from behind the net in front and poked it past Comrie with 4:13 left in the second.

The Jets took a 3-2 on a power-play goal by Wheeler. The Panthers had successfully killed off a 5-on-3, but six seconds later Wheeler took a nice pass from Laine and fired a shot from the right circle at 3:50 of the second.

Pysyk and Ekblad put Florida up 2-0 with goals 29 seconds apart in the first period, but Ehlers and Lowry tied it before the first intermission.

NOTES: Panthers C Aleksander Barkov left in the second period with an upper-body injury and didn't return. ... Ekblad got his 42nd career goal, tying him with Gord Murphy for third in Panthers history in goals by a defenseman. ... Laine has four goals and seven points in four games. ... Wheeler has a four-game point streak.


Jets: Visit Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

Panthers: Host Colorado on Saturday night.


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