Frolik, Jets topple Panthers
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[December 21, 2013]
WINNIPEG, Manitoba —
Jets 5, Panthers 2: Defenseman
Tobias Enstrom and Blake Wheeler scored power-play goals 33 seconds
apart in the opening period as host Winnipeg snapped Florida's five-game
Rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba, Evander Kane and Michael Frolik
each had a goal and an assist and Wheeler also scored as the Jets
halted a six-game home winless drought (0-3-3). Mark Scheifele and
defenseman Dustin Byfuglien each collected a pair of assists and
Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 21 shots to end his five-start losing
Shawn Matthias and Nick Bjugstad registered unassisted goals for
Florida, which was denied a sweep of its four-game Canadian road
trip. Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves and remained winless in his last
seven starts (0-5-2).
Winnipeg responded to Matthias' goal by scoring three times in a
span of 4:51 — the first coming on a fortunate deflection when
Trouba's pass went off defenseman Tom Gilbert's stick and into the
net at 11:06. Enstrom pounced on a rebound on a 5-on-3 and blasted a
shot past Markstrom before Wheeler tipped in defenseman Zach
Bogosian's shot from the left point to make it 3-1.
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Kane finished off a 2-on-1 with Frolik 63 seconds into the
middle session but Bjugstad answered just under four minutes
later, pouncing on a turnover and beating Pavelec glove side.
Frolik restored the three-goal lead against his former team,
burying a rebound of captain Andrew Ladd's shot with 2:07 left
in the period.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Enstrom snapped a 21-game goalless drought with
his first tally since Nov. 2 as Winnipeg improved to 4-of-6 on
5-on-3 situations this season. ... Matthias' goal was his fourth
of the season and first in 15 games. ... Scheifele has three
goals and four assists during a five-game point streak.
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