Panthers beat Jets 4-2 for Finnish split

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Panthers beat Jets 4-2 for Finnish split
MacKenzie Weegar of the Florida Panthers, left, and Brendan Lemieux of the Winnipeg Jets, right, fight during the NHL Global Series Challenge ice hockey match Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. (Martti Kainulainen via Lehtikuva)

HELSINKI (AP) — Keith Yandle had a goal and an assist and the Florida Panthers rallied to beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 on Friday night for a two-game split in the Finnish capital.

Roberto Luongo made 32 saves, Mike Hoffman, Evgeni Dadonov and Frank Vatrano had goals and Jonathan Huberdeau added two assists. The Panthers overcame an early 2-1 deficit for their first regulation victory and third overall win in the first 11 games.

Coming off a hat trick Thursday night in Winnipeg’s 4-2 victory, Finnish star Patrik Laine scored again In front of a capacity crowd of 13,500 at Hartwall Arena. Nikolaj Ehlers also connected, and captain Blake Wheeler had two assists.

Yandle broke a tie on a power play with 26 seconds left in the second period, driving a slap shot past goalie Connor Hellebuyck

Hoffman tied it on a power play at 4:59 of the second.

Vatrano scored off a turnover midway through the third.

NOTES: The games were part of the NHL Global Series. It was the 25th NHL regular season game played on the European continent, and the seventh in Finland. In October, New Jersey beat Edmonton Gothenburg, Sweden. Commissioner Gary Bettman said the NHL is planning to play a season-opening game in Prague and another two games in Stockholm next season. … Hoffman has a point in each of the past nine games.

UP NEXT

Panthers: Open a three-game homestead against Edmonton on Thursday night.

Jets: Open a four-game homestead against Colorado on Friday night.

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