Luongo leads Panthers over Blues
SUNRISE, Fla. — Roberto Luongo moved into a tie for fourth on the NHL career victory list with 474, making 37 saves to help the Florida Panthers beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Thursday night.
Luongo, 38, is tied with Curtis Joseph on the career list.
Vincent Trocheck scored the go-ahead goal, Ian McCoshen had his first NHL goal and Jared McCann, Aaron Ekblad and Nick Bjugstad also connected for Florida.
Paul Stastny and Vince Dunn — also with his first career goal — countered for St. Louis. Jake Allen stopped 33 shots in the Blues’ first loss in five games this season.
Trocheck put the Panthers ahead 2-1 with a short-handed goal at 2:45 of the second period. Trocheck skated in on a breakaway and shot over Allen’s glove. It was the first time the Blues trailed since the first period in their opener at Pittsburgh.
McCann made it 3-1 on a power play at 7:42 of the second, redirecting Radim Vrbata’s shot.
Ekblad gave the Panthers a 4-1 lead at 3:16 of the third when he took a pass from Jonathan Huberdeau in front and fired it past Allen. Bjugstad scored with 5:58 left made it 5-1. Dunn completed the scoring. Midway through the second period, the Blues had a potential goal by Brayden Schenn waved off because of a high stick.
The Blues took a 1-0 lead in the second on a power-play wraparound goal by Stastny, who poked the puck past Luongo’s right skate into the corner of the net at 1:14.