Panthers snap losing streak against Ducks

The Associated Press /


Published Nov 13, 2013 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

SUNRISE, Fla. — Brad Boyes scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, Tim Thomas stopped 32 shots and the Florida Panthers snapped a nine-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

Scottie Upshall and Shawn Matthias also scored for the Panthers, who earned their first win under new coach Peter Horachek and ended Anaheim’s five-game winning streak. Upshall also had an assist to help Florida rally from two goals down.

The Panthers won for the first time since beating Minnesota 2-1 on Oct. 19. It was their first victory in three games under Horachek, who took over when Kevin Dineen was fired last Friday.

Hampus Lindholm and Andrew Cogliano scored for the Ducks (15-4-1), who lead the NHL with 31 points. Frederik Andersen made 22 saves but lost for the first time in seven career starts.

Also on Tuesday:

Sharks 3, Flames 2: CALGARY, Alberta — Brad Stuart scored 1:13 into overtime to give San Jose a victory over Calgary. Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau also scored for San Jose (11-2-5). The Sharks snapped a five-game winless skid.

Sabres 3, Kings 2: BUFFALO, N.Y. — Cody Hodgson scored two goals, Ryan Miller made 43 saves and Buffalo beat Los Angeles to avoid matching the worst home start in NHL history.

Coyotes 3, Blues 2: ST. LOUIS — Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored 56 seconds into overtime and Mike Smith made 37 saves to give Phoenix a victory over St. Louis.

Devils 3, Rangers 2: NEW YORK — Dainius Zubrus netted the tiebreaking goal with 2:55 left, Ryan Carter scored his first two goals of the season and New Jersey snapped New York’s three-game winning streak.

Capitals 4, Blue Jackets 3: WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin put in a rebound 1:34 into overtime to lift Washington over Columbus.

Hurricanes 2, Avalanche 1: RALEIGH, N.C. — Jordan Staal and Patrick Dwyer each had a goal and an assist and Carolina handed Colorado its first loss in seven road games this season.

Islanders 3, Predators 1: UNIONDALE, N.Y. — John Tavares, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Kyle Okposo scored, and Kevin Poulin made 32 saves as New York beat Nashville to snap a four-game losing streak.

Jets 3, Red Wings 2: DETROIT — Devin Setoguchi and Andrew Ladd scored in the shootout to give Winnipeg the win against Detroit.

Ligntning 2, Canadiens 1: MONTREAL — Valtteri Filppula scored the only goal in the shootout and Tampa Bay topped Montreal in its first game without Steven Stamkos.

Flyers 5, Senators 0: OTTAWA — Jakub Voracek scored twice, Steve Mason made 24 saves and Philadelphia shut out Ottawa.