Panthers rally to defeat Blue Jackets, start season with three wins

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COLUMBUS — The Florida Panthers have started a season with three wins for the first time after a 4-3 shootout victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

Patric Hornqvist scored the deciding goal in the fifth round of the shootout after he tied the game 3-3 with three seconds left in the third period.

Anthony Duclair had two assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves for the Panthers against their former team.

Joonas Korpisalo made 19 saves for the Blue Jackets (2-2-3).

Columbus scored on its first two shots.

Kevin Stenlund made it 1-0 at 2:11 of the first period. Mikko Koivu, on his first shift for the Blue Jackets, passed along the right boards to Stenlund, who faked a pass then scored five-hole from deep in the circle.

Koivu signed a one-year contract Oct. 10 after 15 seasons with the Minnesota Wild.

Alexandre Texier made it 2-0 at 9:17.

Carter Verhaeghe got Florida within 2-1 at 13:11, then set up Aleksander Barkov for his first goal at 3:53 of the second for a 2-2 tie.

Cam Atkinson gave Columbus a 3-2 lead at 1:20 of the third period with a shorthanded goal.

Hornqvist scored his fourth goal in his third game with Florida with Bobrovsky off for an extra attacker.

The Panthers killed a Blue Jackets power play that started with 2:16 left in overtime.

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