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Jan 15, 2024 4:06 pm

Scrappy Anaheim ties Panthers late, Alex Killorn lifts Ducks in OT

Alex Killorn punched a wrist shot for a game-winner 47 seconds into overtime and the Anaheim Ducks knocked off the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Monday afternoon in Sunrise, Fla.

Killorn scored two goals and Frank Vatrano, who spent parts of five seasons with the Panthers, earned his second assist on the deciding score. Goaltender John Gibson made 30 saves to earn the victory.

Sam Bennett scored twice for the Panthers. All-Star Sam Reinhart tallied a goal for the seventh consecutive game, but Florida dropped its second game in a row on the heels of a nine-game winning streak.

Anaheim had lost nine of its past 12 games. The Ducks received goals from Adam Henrique, Jakob Silfverberg and Troy Terry. Henrique also had an assist.

Reinhart leads the Panthers with 32 goals and is second in the NHL behind only Toronto’s Auston Matthews (33).

The Panthers also got one goal and one assist from Carter Verhaeghe.

Panthers backup goalie Anthony Stolarz was in net for Florida and made 21 saves against Anaheim, where he spent parts of the past four seasons.

Bennett scored with 14 seconds left in the power play, slipping a wrist shot under Gibson’s left arm.

With Florida shorthanded, a Josh Mahura hit caused Terry to cough up the puck. Niko Mikkola pounced on it for the Panthers and raced up the ice before feathering a pass to Reinhart for a 2-0 lead.

But Killorn scored on a breakaway with two seconds left in the first. Henrique earned the primary assist with a short pass to spring Killorn.

The Ducks tied it up with 14:36 left in the second on Henrique’s short-handed goal, assisted by Vatrano.

Florida put up the next two goals and grabbed a 4-2 lead. Verhaeghe found the net on the power play and Bennett scored off a great Matthew Tkachuk pass.

Anaheim scored unanswered goals for the second time in the game to tie the score. Silfverberg stripped Mahura of the puck and beat Stolarz five-hole.

With 16:15 left in the third, Terry made up for his previous mistake, roofing a backhander to tie the game at 4.

–Field Level Media

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