Indianapolis Star
National Hockey League
Florida 3, Columbus 0
When: 5:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 4, 2021
Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida
Referees: Dan O'Rourke, Brandon Schrader
Linesmen: Jonny Murray, Pierre Racicot
Attendance: 4069

Aleksander Barkov scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and backup goalie Chris Driedger made 32 saves, leading the host Florida Panthers to a 3-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.

The Panthers, who are No. 1 in the NHL with 56 points, extended their season-high winning streak to six games.

It was Driedger's second shutout of the season and his first since blanking the Nashville Predators on March 20. At 11-4-2, he also extended his high in wins in a season. He won seven games a season ago.

Frank Vatrano and Gustav Forsling added goals in the third period. It marked Vatrano's third straight game with a goal. He has 13 goals this season, and nine of them have come in the third period.

Barkov, who had the primary assist on Forsling's tally, has 14 goals this season. This was just Barkov's second game back from an injury that cost him six contests.

Defenseman MacKenzie Weegar added a pair of assists, bringing his career-high points total to 23.

Florida is 5-0-1 against the Blue Jackets this season.

Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo had 32 saves, but the Blue Jackets were shut out for the fourth time this season.

After a scoreless first period, Florida opened the scoring with 1:52 gone in the second.

Columbus was trying to exit its own end, but Weegar prevented that from happening. Patric Hornqvist picked up the loose puck and shoveled it a few feet to his right to Barkov, whose shot from the high slot got past defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov's block attempt before sailing over Korpisalo's glove and into the back of the net.

Florida stretched its lead to 2-0 with 12 minutes left in the third as Vatrano came up with a steal before racing in and ripping a wrist shot from the left circle.

The Panthers made it 3-0 with 7:40 remaining as Barkov dished a center pass to the trailing Forsling, who did the rest.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Columbus   Florida
N/A Points Aleksander Barkov 2
N/A Goals Aleksander Barkov 1
N/A Assists MacKenzie Weegar 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Joonas Korpisalo .914 Save Percentage Chris Driedger 1.000
Joonas Korpisalo 32 Saves Chris Driedger 32
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 32 0 0-3 1-1 2 22
Florida 35 3 0-1 3-3 6 36
Upcoming Games
  • Florida will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Panthers have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .786 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .286 after a win and .400 after a loss.