SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Martin Jones could come up with only so many saves against the NHL’s second-ranked power play before the Florida Panthers finally broke through.
Mike Hoffman scored a tiebreaking goal after San Jose was penalized for too many men on the ice late in the second period, and the Panthers denied the Sharks a chance to clinch a playoff berth with a 4-2 victory Thursday night.
“You give any team that many power plays, they’ll probably score one eventually,” Hoffman said. “We were able to get one.”
Hoffman also set up Frank Vatrano’s insurance goal in the third to send the Panthers to their third straight win following a six-game skid. Jamie McGinn and Dryden Hunt also scored for the Panthers,