Blue Jackets Dig Deep And Escape With Overtime Victory Over Panthers

By Chris Pennington on January 5, 2019 at 9:46 pm
Artemi Panarin handles the puck in Sunrise, Florida against the Florida Panthers.

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Seth Jones and Pierre-Luc Dubois teamed up to save the day for the Columbus Blue Jackets, after an incredibly back-and-forth night.

​Just over a minute into the game, Anthony Duclair notched his ninth goal of the season and first since Nov. 15 (also against the Panthers) to put the Jackets in the lead.

But from there on out, it was a game on pong.

The rest of the first period was all Florida Panthers with two goals in less than five minutes Jonathon Huberdeau and Mike Hoffman.

The Jackets continued to lead in shots throughout the rest of the game, but struggled with getting legitimate scoring chances until Josh Anderson tallied his 15th goal of the season with three minutes left in the second period.

The game was up for the grabs to start the third, and Brandon Dubinsky grabbed the torch seven minutes into the period. After being on the ice specifically for a defensive zone face off, he stripped the puck and went coast-to-coast for his fourth goal of the season.

Columbus didn't slow down there - and though they seemed to be holding control of the last half of the final period, Aaron Ekblad struck for the Panthers. The all-star defenseman scored with 2:13 remaining in the game, eventually sending the game to overtime.

In the extra period, the Blue Jackets wasted no time - Seth Jones ended the game just into 18 seconds into overtime to secure the victory.

This was Jones' sixth overtime goal, tying Rick Nash for the most in franchise history.

INJURY UPDATE

There are no injuries to report from tonight's game.

NEXT UP

Columbus will finish off their Florida road trip tomorrow as they take on the NHL's best Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:00 PM. 

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