Pan­thers yield 4-goal 3rd in drop­ping 6th straight

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VAN­COU­VER, British Columbia — Loui Eriks­son had a goal and two as­sists as the Van­cou­ver Canucks de­feated the Flor­ida Pan­thers 5-1 Sun­day.

Ben Hut­ton, Markus Gran­lund, Brock Boeser and Jay Bea­gle also scored for Van­cou­ver. Ja­cob Mark­strom stopped 23 shots.

Frank Va­trano scored for the Pan­thers, who have lost six straight. Roberto Luongo had 31 saves.

De­spite play­ing for the vis­i­tors, Luongo, the for­mer Canucks net­min­der, re­ceived rau­cous cheers of “Lou­uuu!” from the crowd ev­ery time he stopped the puck.

Van­cou­ver con­trolled play from the out­set, keep­ing the Pan­thers pinned in their own end for long stretches.

Eriks­son opened the scor­ing 12:32 into the sec­ond pe­riod. The left-winger picked off a pass from Mike Hoff­man at the Pan­thers’ blue-line and drove into the of­fen­sive zone. He beat Luongo with a wrist shot for his eighth goal of the year.

The Pan­thers re­sponded early in the third, just as Van­cou­ver’s Niko­lay Goldobin was re­leased from the box after a hook­ing penalty.

Us­ing a screen from for­mer Canucks player Jared McCann, Va­trano scored on a back­handed shot past Mark­strom that tied the game.

Hut­ton scored less than two min­utes later, flick­ing a shot past Luongo. It was the Van­cou­ver de­fense­man’s first goal in 30 games.

Boeser scored on an empty net after Luongo was pulled with 2:27 left in the game. Eriks­son was cred­ited with an as­sist.

He added an­other as­sist when Bea­gle scored an empty-net goal with 38 sec­onds left.

Gran­lund fin­ished up the scor­ing, send­ing a shot past Luongo with 11 sec­onds re­main­ing.

NOTES: Canucks fans showed that they hadn’t for­got­ten what hap­pened when the teams last played in mid-Oc­to­ber. The matchup in Flor­ida saw Pan­thers de­fense­man Mike Math­e­son hit Elias Pet­ters­son and toss him to the ice. The Canucks’ rookie star left the game and was side­lined with a con­cus­sion for two weeks. There was no penalty on the play, but the league later sus­pended Math­e­son for two games. But it was Pan­thers cen­ter Michael Ha­ley who dropped the gloves with Canucks de­fense­man Erik Gud­bran­son. Of­fi­cials al­lowed the pair to swing at each other for a few min­utes be­fore Gud­bran­son fell to the ice. Both were give five-minute penal­ties for fight­ing.

DAR­RYL DYCK/AP

The Pan­thers’ Micheal Ha­ley (18) loses his hel­met as he fights the Canucks’ Erik Gud­bran­son dur­ing the first pe­riod.

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