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Barkov stars in return, Panthers defeat Coyotes

Center had missed six games with upper-body injury @NHLdotcom

Aleksander Barkov made an immediate impact in his return from an upper-body injury by scoring two goals to help the Florida Panthers hold off the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 at BB&T Center on Thursday.

Barkov's power-play goal midway through the second period broke a 1-1 tie, and he scored again four minutes into the third period. Barkov was injured on Feb. 8 against the Detroit Red Wings and missed the next six games.

"It's so boring when you're not playing,'' Barkov said, according to the Sun Sentinel. "The best thing in hockey is when you win the games and just the feeling after in the locker room."

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Panthers' Huberdeau out against Coyotes

Barkov, Gudbranson return for first-place Florida


COYOTES (27-27-6) at PANTHERS (34-18-7)

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, FS-F, NHL.TV

The Florida Panthers welcome back two key players, forward Aleksander Barkov and defenseman Erik Gudbranson, when they host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday at BB&T Center.

Barkov had missed the past six games and Gudbranson the past eight with upper-body injuries.

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Huberdeau has apparent concussion: report

Florida center ruled out Thursday; Barkov, Gudbranson to return @NHLdotcom

Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau will not play against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, FS-F, NHL.TV) because of an apparent concussion, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Coach Gerard Gallant ruled out Huberdeau, who is listed as day-to-day.

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