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Byfuglien's OT goal lifts Jets over Panthers, 3-2

Friday, 03.08.2013 / 10:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Byfuglien's OT goal lifts Jets over Panthers, 3-2

SUNRISE, Fla. - Dustin Byfuglien scored with 40.5 seconds left in overtime and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Friday night.

Byfuglien brought the puck across to the right circle and his wrist shot whistled past Jacob Markstrom.

Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd also scored for Winnipeg. Ladd also had an assist and has three goals and four assists in the last five games for the Jets.

Ondrej Pavelec made 38 saves.

Shawn Matthias and Jonathan Huberdeau scored goals for Florida and Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 shots.

The Jets have won five of their past seven games. The Panthers have lost five of six.

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