Panthers falter in overtime

Panthers goalkeeper Roberto Luongo, pictured, falls to the ice as the puck goes into the net on a goal scored by Columbus' Jason Chimera in the third period. The Blue Jackets won, 5-4.

The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
SUNRISE - David Vyborny scored a power-play goal with 12 seconds left in overtime, and Pascal Leclair made 47 saves in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.
The Panthers tied it with 47 seconds left in regulation when Nathan Horton deflected a shot by Jay Bouwmeester.
Vyborny also had a third-period goal, and Jason Chimera, Sergei Fedorov and Rick Nash added goals for Columbus. Joe Nieuwendyk, Gary Roberts and Chris Gratton also scored for Florida and Roberto Luongo made 17 saves.
Columbus took a 4-3 lead at 11:27 of the third when Michael Rupp's shot rebounded off Luongo and Chimera poked in the puck. The Panthers had tied it at 3 on Gratton's shot from the right circle at 5:02 of the third.
The Blue Jackets scored two goals in less than 3 minutes in the third period. They tied it at 2 at 1:17 on Vyborny's wrist shot from the left circle, and took a 3-2 lead at 4:07 when Nash's shot hit a Florida player in front of the crease and Fedorov pushed the puck past Luongo.
Columbus had only eight shots in the first two periods, even thought it had five power plays.
Columbus cut the score to 2-1 at 3:23 of the second. Nash took a pass from Nikolai Zherdev near the blue line and skated in alone on Luongo. Nash beat Luongo on the stick side for his 11th goal in his past 14 games.
  • CANADIENS FIRE COACH: General manager Bob Gainey fired coach Claude Julien and made himself interim coach. He also brought in former team captain Guy Carbonneau as an associate coach who will take over as head coach at the end of the season.
    "I'm the one who's responsible and this gives time for Guy to get comfortable with the team and the players," Gainey said. "It's more fair for myself to step in and take responsibility until the end of the season."
    Meanwhile, the 52-year-old Gainey, a top defensive forward who helped Montreal win five Stanley Cup titles during his Hall of Fame playing career, directed the Canadiens to a 6-2 victory over San Jose on Saturday night.
  • SABRES 10, KINGS 1: Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville scored three goals apiece for host Buffalo in the Sabres' highest-scoring game in almost 13 years.
    Chris Drury had a goal and three assists, Ales Kotalik had a goal and two assists and Jay McKee and Daniel Paille also scored. Tim Connolly and Mike Grier had three assists each for Buffalo, which built a 5-0 lead 17 minutes in.
  • FLAMES 4, WILD 1: Jarome Iginla scored early in the third period to help visiting Calgary snap a three-game losing streak.
    Daymond Langkow, Kristian Huselius and Tony Amonte also scored for the Flames, who lost the first three games of their four-game trip after winning four in a row at home.
  • CANUCKS 8, ISLANDERS 1: Todd Bertuzzi scored twice on visiting Vancouver's first three shots en route to his fifth career hat trick and the Canucks chased New York goalie Rick DiPietro with three second-period goals.
    The good feeling the Islanders generated Thursday night against Calgary in interim coach Brad Shaw's NHL debut was lost quickly as the Canucks built a three-goal lead in the first 11 minutes.
  • COYOTES 4, MAPLE LEAFS 3: Paul Mara, Geoff Sanderson, Ladislav Nagy and Fredrik Sjostrom scored goals to help visiting Phoenix overcome a three-goal, first-period deficit.
    Wayne Gretzky coached his first game in Toronto, and former Maple Leafs goalie Curtis Joseph, playing his first in Toronto since leaving in 2002, made 25 saves. Gretzky and his father, Walter, received loud ovations when shown on the videoboard.
  • RED WINGS 4, RANGERS 3: Brendan Shanahan's second goal of the game snapped a third-period tie and host Detroit broke the New York Rangers' streak of seven games in which they earned at least a point.
    Robert Lang and Johan Franzen also scored for the Red Wings.
  • STARS 2, BRUINS 1, SO: Jussi Jokinen scored the only goal of the shootout to lift visiting Dallas to its season-high sixth straight win.
    Stars goalie Marty Turco made 26 stops before turning aside Patrice Bergeron, Marco Sturm and Sergei Samsonov in the shootout.
  • AVALANCHE 4, FLYERS 3: Alex Tanguay scored with 45.8 seconds left in overtime, helping visiting Colorado spoil Peter Forsberg's first game against his former team in the Avalanche's win over Philadelphia.
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