Panthers gain split in Finland, beat Jets 4-2 despite another Patrik Laine goal

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Blake Wheeler and Keith Yandle (Getty Images)

Roberto Luongo made 32 saves in his return to the lineup Friday as the Florida Panthers beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 to gain a split of the two games played between the teams in Helsinki, Finland as part of the NHL Global Series. 

Patrik Laine, the high-flying Finn who recorded his fifth career hat trick in Winnipeg’s 4-2 win on Thursday, scored again on Friday, but it wasn’t enough for the Jets as Luongo stopped all 17 shots he faced in the third period to preserve Florida’s first regulation victory this season.

Laine’s Finnish counterpart, Panthers’ captain Aleksander Barkov, was held off the scoresheet Friday after picking up an assist on home soil 24 hours prior. However, Florida’s Keith Yandle and Evgenii Dadonov both had a goal and an assist in the win. Yandle has 12 points in 11 games this season, the best start to a season by a defenseman in franchise history.

MORE: Hats off to Patrik Laine as Jets beat Panthers 4-2 in Finland

Nikolaj Ehlers also scored for Winnipeg, while Mike Hoffman and Frank Vatrano also lit the lamp for Florida.

The game turned in the second period when the Panthers erased a 2-1 deficit and turned it into a 3-2 lead while outshooting the Jets 12-3 over the middle twenty.

Their Scandinavian adventure over, the teams return to North America this weekend. The Panthers open a three-game homestand against the Edmonton Oilers next Thursday, while the Jets start a four-game stretch at home against the Colorado Avalanche next Friday.

Sporting News has LIVE updates and highlights of the Jets-Panthers from Helsinki right here.

Third Period

4:50 It’s over! Yandle and Scheifele exchange a few unpleasantries, but the Panthers have their first regulation win of the season. Panthers win 4-2.

4:47 With 57.6 seconds remaining, Barkov is hooked and Panthers go to power play. Hellebuyck comes back in between the pipes.

4:45 Hellebuyck pulled for extra attacker with 2:15 to play.

4:43 Nik Ehlers catches Vatrano in face with stick, but no official sees it. Play on. Under 5 minutes to play.

4:42 Luongo positioned well, square to shooter, denies Kyle Connor. 13 saves in the period for Luongo.

4:35 Jonathan Huberdeau collects loose puck at center ice at full speed, splits defense drops puck back to Frank Vatrano — and he rips it past Hellebuyck at 12:15 for his fourth goal of the season. Panthers lead 4-2.

4:31 Midway through the third, shots are 11-3 Jets.

4:25 Barkov with a steal, in on 2 on 1, tries to feed to Dadonov, but puck deflected away by Tyler Myers. Wasted chance for Panthers there.

4:17 Jets pushing the pace, up 7-3 in shots this period over first seven-plus minutes, but no Garde-A scoring chances yet.

4:10 Puck dropped on period number three

Second Period

3:52 Horn sounds and Panthers will take a surprising lead into the third period. Shots are 22-17 Florida. Panthers lead 3-2.

3:50 With 26 seconds to play in the period, Yandle scores his second power play goal in as many days, Florida’s third on the man advantage today. Panthers lead 3-2.

3:43 The Panthers are going on the power play again. Brendan Lemieux hits Vincent Trochek and MacKenzie Weeger starts a fight with Lemieux. Lemieux match penalty for illegal hit to the head, plus five for fighting and a game misconduct. Weeger two for instigating, five for fighting and a misconduct.

3:40 Either both teams are playing really well defensively or playing a second straight game after traveling overseas has caught up to these teams. A sequence of turning the puck over by both takes place before the Panthers ice the puck.

3:31  In the first period, it was the Jets that dominated play. Things have changed in the second however as the Panthers are out-shooting the Jets, 6-1, in the first eight minutes. 

3:25 Tie game! Mike Hoffman gets his sixth of the season as the Panthers power play was winding down. His snipe from the top of the right face off circle evens this up at 4:59. Game tied 2-2.

3:24 It’s the Jets who have the best scoring chance on the Panthers power play as they get a 2-on-1 rush. Mark Scheifele keeps the puck with Blake Wheeler skating with him and Luongo makes the stop.

3:21 The Panthers go on the power play as Brendan Lemieux gets two minutes for high sticking. The Panthers are already 1-for-1 on the power play today.

3:19 Patrik Laine continues to dazzle. He didn’t score, but his craftiness with his stick almost gets him a goal as he carreid the puck from the neutral zone into the attacking zone before firing a shot that was stopped by Luongo. 

3:16 Puck has dropped and the second period is underway. The Jets get to a quick start and are on the attack to open the period. 

First Period

2:54 Horn sounds. Jets outshoot Panthers 14-10 and lead by one. Wheeler with two assists.Laine and Ehlers both with team-high three shots on goal, plus each with a goal. Jets lead 2-1.

2:52 The Jets have a power play goal in ten consecutive games, extending their franchise record.

2:51 Patrik Laine strikes again! Rifles right wing shot over Luongo’s shoulder at 17:16. That is his fourth goal in past two games, seventh of the season and league-high sixth on the power play. Jets lead 2-1.

2:49 Jets head to power play as Dustin Byfuglien is slashed at 16:18 by Yandle.

2:42 Keith Yandle slap shot deflected past Hellebuyck by Dadonov. A power play goal at 14:29. Game Tied 1-1.

2:40 Huberdeau to Trochek to Dadonov between the circles. Great glove save Hellebuyck.

2:37 Panthers get game’s first power play at 12:35. Mark Scheifele off for slashing.

2:34 Blake Wheeler made that terrific head-man pass on the game-opening goal to earn an assist, extending his point streak to eight consecutive games.

2:33 Nik Ehlers sprung behind the D, backhand shot denied by Luongo pad, but Ehlers pots the rebound for his second goal of the season at 8:53. Jets lead 1-0.

2:29 Can you say All Jets to start this game? Shots are 5-0, and Panthers can’t escapse their own zone over first five minutes until Evgenii Dadonov forces Hellebuyck into solid right pad save.

2:26 Jets applying early pressure. Luongo in his first start since opening night looks sharp. Two good saves there on a sequence started by a screened Jacob Trouba shot. Now Luongo with quick glove save on Laine.

2:20 Puck dropped and we are underway with Connor Hellebuyck in goal for the Jets and Roberto Luongo for the Panthers.

2:19 Yesterday, Teemu Selanne dropped the ceremonial puck betweek Patrik Laine and Aleksander Barkov. Today, it’s another Finnish legened — Teppo Numminen.

Pre-Game

2:00 Starting Lineups are set:

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12:00 Big news for the Panthers as coach Bob Boughner announces that Roberto Luongo returns to action and starts in goal for Florida tday against Jets. Luongo injured his knee on opening night, was activated from IR Thursday and gets the nod today.

10:30 Jets coach Paul Maurice confirms that Connor Hellebuyck starts in goal again. Panthers coach Bob Boughner did not name his starting goalie. James reimer started Thursday and stopped 32 of 35 shots.

10:15 The Jets will scratch defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, with Joe Morrow slotting back into the lineup. Also, Nic Petan makes his season debut for Winnipeg with Jack Roslovic a healthy scratch Friday. 

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