Florida Panthers coach Bob Boughner didn’t even see the winning goal.
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SUNRISE http://www.sabresshoponline.com/authentic-jack-eichel-jersey , Fla. (AP) Instead, he simply listened for the roar of the crowd.”I haven’t even seen it yet,” Boughner said after the game. ”Superstition. I looked away, I heard the noise. I didn’t see any of our (shootout) goals.”Vincent Trocheck scored the deciding goal in the shootout to lift the Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night for their franchise-record eighth straight home win.”Yeah, it’s pretty fun knowing that if you score, it’s over, game-winner,” Trocheck said. ”Everybody in here kind of wants the puck on their stick in that situation.”Aleksander Barkov also scored in the tiebreaker for the Panthers, who have points in nine straight games. The Panthers are two points behind Columbus and three behind New Jersey for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with three games in hand on each.Frank Vatrano scored a goal in his Panthers debut Youth Jake McCabe Jersey , Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist, and Jamie McGinn also scored. Trocheck had two assists. Roberto Luongo made 34 saves.”We’ve been winning different ways throughout this stretch here. That’s what good teams do,” Luongo said.Kevin Hayes, Mika Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello scored in regulation for the Rangers, who lost their third straight. Ryan Spooner had a pair of assists. Zuccarello also scored to open the shootout. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 shots in his 800th career game, becoming the 15th goalie in NHL history to reach the milestone.The Rangers scored twice in the third period.Trailing 3-2, the Rangers tied the score 3-3 as Hayes took a wrist shot from above the right circle that went over Luongo and into the net at 7:25 of the third.Zibanejad tied the score 2-all when he took a drop pass from Jesper Fast and put the puck into the upper corner of the net 17 seconds into the third.”Our guys played hard, made good plays with the puck, came back three times in this game,” coach Alain Vigneault said. ”Unfortunately Jason Pominville Jersey Kids , we weren’t able to get it done in the shootout.”The Panthers answered less than a minute later when McGinn slid a rebound between Lundqvist’s pads at 1:02 to reclaim the lead at 3-2.”We kept battling,” Lundqvist said. ”We kept coming back in this game and gave ourselves the chance to almost win it. If I can mix in a save in the shootout, maybe we get a win.”The Panthers took a 1-0 lead when Huberdeau found a loose puck in the front of the crease and poked it behind Lundqvist on a power play with 14.8 seconds left in the first.Vatrano, traded to Florida from Boston on Feb. 22 for a third-round pick, redirected a pass from Vincent Trocheck into the net from in front at 8:13 of the second to make it 2-0. Vatrano had been sidelined with a high-ankle sprain since the trade,”It’s awesome. It’s even better that it helped out getting a win,” Vatrano said.The Rangers closed to 2-1 on the goal by Zuccarello. Neal Pionk shot from the point and Zuccarello deflected it into the net with 6:49 left in the second.NOTES: Gold Medalist Emily Pfalzer of Team USA hockey participated in the ceremonial puck drop. Panthers D Mike Matheson, her boyfriend, greeted her at center-ice. … Panthers D Keith Yandle has 20 points in 18 games. … Spooner has two goals and 10 assists in seven games for the Rangers since he was acquired in a trade with Boston on Feb. 25. … Rangers F Chris Kreider returned after missing the final two periods of Thursday night’s 5-3 loss at Tampa Bay after taking a hit to the head near the end of the first period. … Lundqvist is the first goalie born outside North America to reach the 800-game mark. He joined Martin Brodeur (1,266 with New Jersey) and Phil Esposito (873 with Chicago) as the only goalies to hit the milestone with one team.UP NEXTRangers: Host Carolina on Monday night.Panthers: Host Ottawa on Tuesday night. A new voice will be behind the Edmonton Oilers‘ bench starting Tuesday night. Ken Hitchcock will debut as the team’s 15th head coach when the Oilers meet the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center.Hitchcock http://www.sabresshoponline.com/authentic-johan-larsson-jersey , who ranks third on the all-time wins list with 823, takes over for Todd McLellan, who was fired Tuesday morning. Edmonton will be the fifth different stop for the 66-year-old Hitchcock after he coached the Dallas Stars twice as well as the Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues.Article continues below ...A native of Edmonton, Hitchcock guided the Stars to their only Stanley Cup championship in 1999.Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said in an interview Tuesday that he worked with Hitchcock at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and brings solid structure.“He’s a very good tactician. What I saw was a high level of input in a short period of time,” Chiarelli said. “He can instill something in short order and institute and direct it.”Chiarelli said Hitchcock would coach through the season.While there’s still more than 60 games left, the Oilers decided that a new voice was needed. Edmonton (9-10-1) has dropped six of its last seven after Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in what was McLellan’s finale after three-plus seasons.Cam Talbot allowed three goals in a 2:12 span of the second period — including one while short-handed and one on the power play. The Oilers failed to bounce back after squandering a two-goal lead in the third period of Saturday’s road loss to the rival Calgary Flames.Though it’s not yet known who will start against the Sharks, Talbot has lost five straight starts overall Authentic Justin Bailey Jersey , posting a 4.63 goals-against average with an .845 save percentage. Backup Mikko Koskinen is 4-2-0 with a 2.60 GAA, a .917 save percentage and one shutout so far.Offense is not an issue if captain Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl is putting the puck in the net. The linemates have accounted for more than 42 percent of the team’s goals and are tied for the team lead with 12 each.Draisaitl has three goals and an assist in a four-game points streak on the road, and McDavid has points in 10 of 11 games outside Edmonton in 2018-19. McDavid, a two-time scoring champion, also needs one goal for 100 in his career and has four in his last five visits to SAP Center.Darrell Nurse said it’s not time to push the panic button on the season just yet.“The season is not getting away at all,” the defenseman told the Edmonton Journal. “But we know we have to string some wins together here.”After taking the season series-opener in 2017-18, Edmonton has surrendered 15 goals while losing three straight to San Jose (11-7-3), which is looking for its fourth win in five games. Aaron Dell made 30 saves and Joe Pavelski stayed red-hot with two goals in a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.“Tonight was kind of classic Shark hockey,” said Pavelski, who was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week on Monday after collecting five goals and an assist in three games.San Jose’s captain already has a team-best 13 goals after registering 22 in 82 games last season. The 33-year-old Pavelski scored four times with six assists against Edmonton last season while none of his teammates logged more than five points.“The age is irrelevant when you have a hockey IQ like that http://www.sabresshoponline.com/authentic-kyle-okposo-jersey ,” coach Peter DeBoer said of the 13-year veteran. “He knows where to go, combines it with a competitiveness and he’s willing to go to the tough areas of the ice and compete without thinking of it.”Unlike the Oilers, the Sharks have a solid No. 1 option in net and he’s expected to get the nod Tuesday. Martin Jones is 8-2-1 in his last 11 starts in spite of a 2.91 GAA and .899 save percentage. He’s also 3-2-1 with a 2.35 GAA in five career starts against Edmonton in Northern California.San Jose’s Joe Thornton has been held without a point in each of his last two games and still needs one assist to tie Mario Lemieux for 11th all-time with 1,033.