Pan­thers al­low goal in fi­nal sec­onds, fall in OT

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

SUN­RISE – Erik Gustafs­son scored 2:32 into over­time to give the Chicago Black­hawks a 5-4 vic­tory over the Flor­ida Pan­thers on Satur­day night.

Gustafs­son wristed in his third goal of the sea­son to beat Flor­ida goalie James Reimer, snap­ping Chicago’s two-game over­all los­ing streak and eight-game road skid.

Alex DeBrin­cat tied it with 1.8 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion and David Kampf, Pa­trick Kane and Alexan­dre Fortin also tal­lied for the Black­hawks. Gus­tav Forsling had two as­sists and Kampf added an as­sist for a three-point night.

Goalie Cam Ward made his first start since Nov. 12 and stopped 34 shots.

Mike Hoff­man, Jared McCann, Aaron Ek­blad and Frank Va­trano scored goals for the Pan­thers. Jonathan Hu­berdeau recorded a pair of as­sists.

Reimer made 36 saves for the Pan­thers, who lost their third straight.

Hoff­man, who turned 29 on Satur­day, put Flor­ida up 1-0 at 5:28 of the first pe­riod when he one-timed a cross-ice pass from Keith Yan­dle while on the power play. It was his 11th goal and con­tin­ued the Pan­thers’ hot stretch with the man ad­van­tage.

McCann added on when he took Colton Sce­viour’s pass from the half-boards and skated in alone against Ward. McCann deked left and roofed a back­han­der for his third goal at 13:40.

Af­ter a slow first pe­riod when they were out­shot 16-9, the Black­hawks opened the sec­ond fast and tied it in­side six min­utes.

Kampf cut it to 2-1 just 49 sec­onds into the pe­riod when he skated past Ek­blad on the right side and swept in his third goal past Reimer.

Kane tied it with a de­flec­tion at 5:34 on a pass from Bran­don Saad for his 13th goal, but Ek­blad one-timed a pass from Hoff­man for his fourth goal at 8:08. AP

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