Canucks fall to Panthers, lose first in regulation under Boudreau

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Sam Reinhart had two goals and an assist, and the Florida Panthers handed the Vancouver Canucks their first regulation loss under coach Bruce Boudreau, 5-2 at FLA Live Arena on Tuesday.

It was the Canucks’ first game in 10 days since a 5-2 win against the Seattle Kraken on Jan. 1; they had games against the New York Islanders on Jan. 5 and the Ottawa Senators on Saturday postponed due to attendance restrictions in Canada cities because of COVID-19.

Jason Dickinson scored for the Canucks (16-16-3), who are 8-1-1 since Boudreau replaced Travis Green on Dec. 5. Thatcher Demko made 21 saves.

Aaron Ekblad had a goal and two assists, and Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist for the Panthers (24-7-5), who are 19-3-0 at home and extended their overall point streak to seven games (6-0-1). Sergei Bobrovksy made 42 saves, and Anton Lundell and Frank Vatrano each had two assists.

Florida has scored five goals or more in 13 of its 22 home games.

Ekblad gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 5:18 of the first period with a point shot through traffic.

Reinhart made it 2-0 at 6:24 when he tipped Radko Gudas‘ point shot.

Dickinson cut it to 2-1 at 11:31 with a shot from the left face-off circle.

Despite being outshot 16-13, Florida outscored Vancouver 3-0 in the second period.

Reinhart made it 3-1 at 8:46 with a power-play goal when Jonathan Huberdeau‘s shot glanced off his jersey in front of the net.

Maxim Mamin extended the lead to 4-1 26 seconds later at 9:12 before Barkov’s shorthanded goal on a breakaway made it 5-1 at 19:00.

Juho Lammikko scored on a rebound at 4:34 of the third period for the 5-2 final.
 

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