ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nick Bjugstad had two goals and two assists, and Brad Boyes scored twice during the Florida Panthers’ four-goal second period in a 6-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.
Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored as Florida opened a four-game road trip with a stunning blowout of the West-leading Ducks. Jussi Jokinen and Brian Campbell had two assists apiece in the highest-scoring performance of the season by the Panthers, who had an NHL-low 27 goals entering the game.
Al Montoya made 33 saves for the Panthers, who hadn’t won in Anaheim since Nov. 9, 2008.
Hampus Lindholm and Andrew Cogliano scored for the Ducks, whose seven-game points streak ended in their fifth loss in six games despite the return of Corey Perry, who missed the previous five games with mumps.
Kyle Palmieri also made his season debut for the Ducks, who had gone to overtime in their last five games, setting a franchise record.
While Boyes ended an eight-game goal drought and scored his 450th career point in staking Florida to a 6-1 lead in the third period, Bjugstad had the highest-scoring game of the former first-round pick’s young career.
Anaheim’s Frederik Andersen gave up three goals on nine shots before getting chased for the second time in three games. Jason LaBarbera replaced him and gave up two more goals before Andersen returned for the third period.
It was a classic trap game for the Ducks, who faced Florida between a home-and-home set with archrival Los Angeles Kings and two upcoming Pacific Division games in western Canada.
Anaheim’s improved defense has yielded 14 goals in three games, culminating with an inept effort against the unassuming Panthers.
Palmieri returned after sitting out 18 games with a sprained ankle, but Anaheim still is without Francois Beauchemin, who missed his fourth game with mumps, while Tim Jackman missed the game with the flu.
After Trocheck and Lindholm traded goals in the first period, Boyes put the Panthers back ahead early in the second when a sharp pass from Huberdeau deflected off his skate. Bjugstad chased Andersen moments later with a sharp-angled shot.
After Huberdeau tipped Aaron Ekblad’s shot past LaBarbera, Boyes added a power-play goal late in the period for his 21st career multigoal game.
NOTES: Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu watched the game from a luxury suite. The longtime Ducks stars received a rousing ovation when they were shown on the video scoreboard. … Anaheim put Devante Smith-Pelly on injured reserve to make room for Perry and Palmieri. Smith-Pelly missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. … Montoya got a rare start in place of Roberto Luongo, who historically struggles at Honda Center. … Anaheim D Josh Manson got his first career NHL point with an assist on Cogliano’s goal.
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