Driedger makes 32 saves, Panthers shut out Blue Jackets, sweep homestand

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Chris Driedger made 32 saves, and the Florida Panthers extended their season-long winning streak to six games with a 3-0 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at BB&T Center on Sunday.

Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist for the Panthers (26-9-4), who swept the back-to-back set and the four-game homestand. They defeated the Blue Jackets 5-2 on Saturday. 

The shutout was the second of the season for Driedger and his third in the NHL.

Joonas Korpisalo made 32 saves for the Blue Jackets (14-18-8), who have lost three in a row and seven of eight (1-6-1). Columbus was shut out for the fourth time this season.

Barkov made it 1-0 at 1:52 of the second period when he one-timed Patric Hornqvist‘s short pass in the high slot.

Frank Vatrano made it 2-0 at 8:00 of the third period with a wrist shot on a 2-on-1 after he stole the puck in the neutral zone. Vatrano has scored in three straight games, all in the third period.

Gustav Forsling increased the lead to 3-0 at 12:20 with a wrist shot from the left circle.

Columbus forward Riley Nash left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury.

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