Less than 24 hours after being pulled for giving up two awful goals on the first two shots he faced in an embarrassing 7-1 loss to the Capitals, Panthers coach Kevin Dineen didn't hesitate to put rookie goalie Jacob Markstrom right back on the proverbial horse Friday night against the Winnipeg Jets. The long-legged Swede stumbled out of the gate again, but this time regained his stride before stumbling at the finish line. After giving up another paper-mache goal on the Jets' first shot and two on seven in the first period, a shaky Markstrom settled down. But he couldn't prevent a game-winning goal by Dustin Byfuglien with 40.5 seconds left in overtime for a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets Friday night at the BB&T Center. The injury-ravaged Panthers have lost five of six (1-3-2), including four of their last five (1-3-1) against Southeast Division brethren to fall deeper into the NHL basement as the second half of this congested season begins. The Panthers are 1-6 in overtime and 0-3-1 in second games of back-to-backs, while the Jets improve to 3-1 in OT and 3-1 in back-to-backs after beating Tampa Thursday.
Markstrom starts slow again as Panthers fall 3-2 in OT to Jets
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Mar 9