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Florida 5, Chicago 4
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, May 1, 2021
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Justin St. Pierre, Ian Walsh
Linesmen: Kyle Flemington, Ryan Galloway
Attendance: N/A

The Florida Panthers scored three goals between the final minute of the second period and the opening minute of the third to beat the host Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Saturday night.

It was the third consecutive road win for the Panthers (34-14-5, 73 points), who play their final three games of the regular season at home.

Chicago (22-23-6, 50 points) was desperate for two points in an attempt to keep pace with Dallas and Nashville in the race for the final playoff spot in the Central Division.

Florida won six of eight against the Blackhawks this season and has already clinched a postseason spot.

Anthony Duclair scored twice for the Panthers and added an assist. His first came when he came out of the penalty box to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 7:54 of the first period.

Nikita Gusev, cut loose by New Jersey last month, got his first goal with the Panthers as he made it 2-0 at 2:30 of the second.

Chicago then came right back, scoring twice within a span of 52 seconds to tie the score at 2. At 15:19 of the second, Connor Murphy scored his third goal of the season on a power play. At 16:11, Alex DeBrincat scored off an Adam Gaudette pass to tie the game.

Florida took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission, however, as Aleksander Barkov scored with 6.8 seconds left.

The Panthers came out flying to open the third as Duclair scored 28 seconds in before Owen Tippett made it 5-2 just 31 seconds later.

With 7:32 left, Kirby Dach gave the Blackhawks hope with a power-play goal. Chicago cut the Florida lead to a goal when Dominik Kubalik scored with 18 seconds left but could come no closer.

The Panthers had Sergei Bobrovsky in net for the first time since he was pulled after two periods in Nashville on Tuesday. Bobrovsky ended up with 31 saves as he picked up his fourth win of the season against Chicago.

Chicago goalie Kevin Lankinen made 37 saves in the loss.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Florida   Chicago
Anthony Duclair 3 Points Alex DeBrincat 2
Anthony Duclair 2 Goals Alex DeBrincat 1
Sam Bennett 2 Assists Adam Gaudette 2
N/A Power Play Goals Kirby Dach 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Sergei Bobrovsky .886 Save Percentage Kevin Lankinen .881
Sergei Bobrovsky 31 Saves Kevin Lankinen 37
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Florida 42 5 0-1 2-4 8 31
Chicago 35 4 2-4 1-1 2 25
Upcoming Games
  • Chicago will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .364 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Florida will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Panthers have a W/L % of .576 after a win and .750 after a loss.