FLA
15-27-6
WPG
24-21-3

27 SOG
35 SOG

Jets 7, Panthers 2

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - The Winnipeg Jets were in full flight in their playoff push.

Evander Kane scored two goals and the Jets beat the Florida Panthers 7-2 on Thursday night to tie the New York Rangers for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Aaron Gagnon, Andrew Ladd, Grant Clitsome, Dustin Byfuglien and Chris Thorburn also scored to help Winnipeg win its third straight and increase its points total to 44. The Jets also remained two points behind Southeast Division-leading Washington.

T.J. Brennan and Tomas Fleischmann scored for Florida.

The Jets led 3-2 lead after a wild first period that featured four goals in less than 3 minutes.

"There's a part of the game you're going to go through where you have situations like that, where maybe it's not ideal," Ladd said. "But we're still winning the game 3-2 and it settled the guys down and (we) moved forward."

Gagnon got things started with his second career NHL goal. He was parked in front of the net and deflected Blake Wheeler's shot from the point past Jacob Markstrom at 3:54.

Less than a minute later, Brennan deflected one past Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec.

Kane scored 18 seconds later, tipping the puck past a sprawling Markstrom to put the Jets ahead again, but Fleischmann countered with a wrist shot that slipped under Pavelec's leg.

Winnipeg coach Claude Noel then called a timeout to try and settle things down and it seemed to work.

"It was back and forth - it's not ideally what you'd like but there's an opponent too you know - we wanted to get things back on track," Noel said. "I thought we did a great job straightening it out."

Ladd put the Jets back in front at 3-2 lead at the 12:42 mark of the first.

"It wasn't in anyone's plans (the wide-open first period), but that's how it happened and you've just got to move on," Panthes enforcer George Parros said.

Florida put on more pressure in the second, but the Jets added to their lead, starting just past the 10-minute mark when Bryan Little fed Clitsome in the slot on a power play.

Byfuglien drilled one past Markstrom from the point 28 seconds later, and Kane dashed in behind the sprawling goaltender to slip one into an empty net at 11:58.

That was enough for coach Kevin Dineen, who put veteran Scott Clemmensen in the net.

The frustrated Panthers ended the second by handing the Jets a five-on-three power play. It started with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Parros after he failed to goad Chris Thorburn into a fight, followed by an illegal check to Little's head by Eric Gudbranson.

Thorburn deflected Ron Hainsey's shot past Clemmensen at the 11:53 mark of the third.

Kane has three goals and two assists in the last three games. He noted that the second periods have been keys to success in all three of the Jets' wins during the streak.

"I think our seconds have really been the difference in these last few games," he said. "We've come out and wanted to kind of bury teams early in the game and not wait around till the third period. ... Instead of talking we're just going out there and doing it and that's good to see."

Notes: Jets captain Andrew Ladd has a four-game points streak. ... Paul Postma replaced injured defenseman Tobias Enstrom in Winnipeg's lineup.

1st2nd3rdT
FLA
WPG
Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:54WPG Aaron Gagnon (2) ASST: Blake Wheeler (17), Andrew Ladd (22) 1 - 0 WPG
04:46FLA TJ Brennan (3) ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (19), Marcel Goc (9) 1 - 1 Tie
05:04WPG Evander Kane (15) ASST: Olli Jokinen (7), Grant Clitsome (10) 2 - 1 WPG
06:31FLA Tomas Fleischmann (9) ASST: TJ Brennan (5) 2 - 2 Tie
12:42WPG Andrew Ladd (16) ASST: Bryan Little (20), Dustin Byfuglien (17) 3 - 2 WPG
2nd Period
10:05WPG PPG - Grant Clitsome (4) ASST: Bryan Little (21) 4 - 2 WPG
10:33WPG Dustin Byfuglien (7) ASST: NONE 5 - 2 WPG
11:57WPG Evander Kane (16) ASST: Kyle Wellwood (9), Zach Bogosian (5) 6 - 2 WPG
3rd Period
11:52WPG Chris Thorburn (2) ASST: Ron Hainsey (12), Zach Bogosian (6) 7 - 2 WPG
Three Stars of the Game
Evander Kane
1st
Evander Kane
LW
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 19:20
Dustin Byfuglien
2nd
Dustin Byfuglien
RW
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 24:08
Bryan Little
3rd
Bryan Little
C
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:23
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:27FLA Shawn Matthias  Holding against  Dustin Byfuglien
2nd Period
09:56FLA George Parros  Tripping against  Alexander Burmistrov
14:31WPG Paul Postma  Interference against  Nick Bjugstad
17:21FLA George Parros  Unsportsmanlike conduct
17:21FLA George Parros  Unsportsmanlike conduct
19:00FLA Erik Gudbranson  Match penalty against  Bryan Little
3rd Period
05:31WPG Blake Wheeler  Hooking against  Jack Skille
shots by period
PeriodFLAWPG
1st917
2nd116
3rd712
Total2735
Team Stats
CategoryFLAWPG
Power Plays0/21/5
Hits2739
Faceoff Wins2126
Giveaways1018
Takeaways510
Blocked Shots1610
Penalty Minutes184
  • FLORIDA
  • WINNIPEG
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7D. KulikovD0012022:38
11J. HuberdeauL00-31013:37
12J. SkilleR00-32015:15
14T. FleischmannL1114016:51
15D. ShoreC00-11013:01
17F. KubaD00-11022:58
18S. MatthiasC00-42215:26
19S. UpshallL0002013:12
22G. ParrosR00-1069:22
23T. StrachanD00-40018:36
27N. BjugstadC00-12014:23
37G. RalloC00-12012:14
42Q. HowdenC00-11010:20
44E. GudbransonD00-121013:55
51B. CampbellD00-32023:09
57M. GocC0111018:53
82T. KopeckyR0010016:28
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30S. Clemmensen1112.91728:02
35J. Markstrom1723.73931:58
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4P. PostmaD0002217:03
5M. StuartD0020016:14
6R. HainseyD01-11018:27
8A. BurmistrovC0001015:22
9E. KaneL2024019:20
12O. JokinenC0122016:32
13K. WellwoodC0121012:40
15M. SantorelliC0000012:17
16A. LaddL1115020:29
17J. WrightC0020011:37
18B. LittleC0200018:23
21A. GagnonC1022010:25
22C. ThorburnR100108:39
24G. ClitsomeD1135022:06
26B. WheelerR0112220:36
27E. TangradiL0003012:13
33D. ByfuglienR1145024:08
44Z. BogosianD0201019:34
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31O. Pavelec2527.92660:00