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MONTREAL — The Florida Panthers rallied for a crucial win in their most recent outing. Now they’re hoping it gives them some momentum as they embark on a four-game road trip.
Trailing 2-0 in the third period against the Islanders on Saturday, the Panthers tied it late in regulation and emerged victorious when rookie Denis Malgin scored late in overtime. With the win, Florida continued its pattern of alternating wins and losses in its past seven games.
“That was a big win for us,” goaltender Roberto Luongo told reporters after the game. “Not just the matter of getting a win, but something of a rallying point for guys. Hopefully, we can build around, take the momentum, the emotions of the win and carry it through the next little while here.”
Last season’s Atlantic Division champions, the Panthers (7-7-1) entered the 2016-17 campaign expected to once again challenge for the title. But early-season injuries to key players have plagued the club, which finds itself sixth in the division, albeit only five points out of second place. The team’ infirmary is starting to clear out, however. Veteran Jussi Jokinen recently returned and center Nick Bjugstad could make his season debut later in the week.
Jonathan Marchessault has been a pleasant surprise for Florida and leads the team with eight goals and 14 points. The early season hasn’t been as kind to star defenseman Aaron Ekblad, who finds himself with two points on the year thus far, both goals.
“I got to get into the offensive zone, I got to get pucks to the net,” he told the Sun-Sentinel. “I can’t be looking to pass or make plays. My job is getting pucks to