Sergei Bobrovsky made 40 saves for his first shutout of the season, and second in a Florida Panthers uniform, as the Cats bounced back from a disappointing outing in Calgary with a 6-0 win over the reeling Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place.
Bobrovsky was at his best in the first period, when he stopped all 17 shots, including a dandy on Jesse Puljujarvi with time running out, as the Oilers vastly outplayed the Panthers, but were forced to head to the dressing room mired in a scoreless tie.
Aleksander Barkov ignited Florida’s offense with a power-play goal 5:28 into second. Jonathan Huberdeau went down low to Sam Reinhart, whose aerial cross came down on Barkov’s blade and he deftly knocked the puck just inside the near post past Mikko Koskinen.
Reinhart would deliver another fine primary 2:39 later. This time, while behind the net, Samson spotted Carter Verhaeghe alone in the left circle. Verhaeghe had all kinds of time to load up and zipped a wrister home to put the Cats up by a deuce. The secondary assist went to Brandon Montour, who activated from the point to help out down low.
Barkov’s second of the night, 7:13 into the final frame, would take the wind of Edmonton’s sails. Radko Gudas won a puck battle in his own end and carried back up the ice before springing Barkov with a crisp pass. The captain cut between two Oilers before…