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."
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.