Jets beat Panthers 5-2 for rare home win

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 21, 2013 at 12:07 am •  Published: December 21, 2013

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Once the Winnipeg Jets put together a fast start, it was all over. The Florida Panthers were just too tired to keep up.

Jacob Trouba, Toby Enstrom and Blake Wheeler scored in the first period of Winnipeg's 5-2 victory on Friday night.

Trouba, Evander Kane and Michael Frolik each had a goal and an assist in the Jets' first home win since Nov. 15. Ondrej Pavelec made 21 saves, helping Winnipeg bounce back from a 4-2 loss at Buffalo on Tuesday.

Florida had won five in a row, including a 4-2 victory at Ottawa on Thursday night.

"The second game in two nights is never easy, so that start was huge for us," Wheeler said.

"I think our group was kind of chomping at the bit to get going again. Any time you have a tough game like we had in Buffalo and then take a couple of days to stew over it, I think you're almost foaming at the mouth to get back out there."

Shawn Matthias and Nick Bjugstad scored for the tired-looking Panthers (14-18-5). Both goals were unassisted, a product of giveaways by the Jets deep in their own zone.

"We all go through it," Florida coach Peter Horachek said. "It was our back-to-back situation getting in at three in the morning but there's no excuses."

Horachek rested Scott Clemmensen, who he said was getting a cold, and tried Jacob Markstrom in goal. Markstrom has only one win in 12 games this season while Clemmensen has won his last four starts.

"We played back to back and you get in at three in the morning, I think that's pretty logical," Horachek said.

"We thought it was the perfect opportunity for him to come in and steal one for us, him being fresh and focused, and obviously it didn't work out the way we wanted it to."

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