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Video: Barkov gets fancy with this shootout goal


It wasn’t a triple deke, glove side.

But Aleksander Barkov‘s shootout winner against the New York Rangers was the epitome of fancy, as he helped the Florida Panthers complete the comeback Sunday.

Barkov played the puck off his skate, then pulled a one-handed deke against a helpless Henrik Lundqvist for the goal. How do you like that, Peter Forsberg?

The puck just barely crossed the goal line. Lundqvist made an attempt to dive back and swipe the puck off the goal line, but he was a split second too late.

Meanwhile, the Rangers not only suffered the loss, but forward Mika Zibanejad suffered a broken fibula after crashing feet-first into the boards during overtime. He’s expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Rangers’ Zibanejad suffers broken fibula after crashing into the boards

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20:  Mats Zuccarello #36 and Chris Kreider #20 escourt Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers off the ice after his injury during the third period against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden on November 20, 2016 in New York City. The Panthers defeated the Rangers 3-2 in the shootout.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers lost in the shootout to the Florida Panthers on Sunday, but the news was much worse for Alain Vigneault’s group.

Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad went crashing into the end boards, feet first, during overtime and was unable to put pressure on his left leg as he was helped off the ice by his teammates.

Vigneault announced after the game that Zibanejad suffered a broken fibula and is expected to be out six to eight weeks.

The Panthers came back to win 3-2 in the shootout. Keith Yandle, the former Rangers defenseman, scored his first goal as a member of the Panthers.

But for the Rangers, the loss of Zibanejad from that high-scoring lineup is significant. He scored in Sunday’s game, to go with four shots on goal, and has five goals and 15 points in 19 games for New York.

“Every team has got injuries and we don’t expect to be any different,” Vigneault told reporters. “Like every coach says in these moments: It’s an opportunity for somebody else to get more ice time and … I’m confident whoever we decide to put in that spot will be able to do the job for us.”

Gaining strength? The Hurricanes have won four in a row

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - OCTOBER 13: Dustin Byfuglien #33 of the Winnipeg Jets fends off Noah Hanifin #5 of the Carolina Hurricanes during NHL action on October 22, 2016 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Victor Rask got his eighth goal of the season and 19-year-old Noah Hanifin scored his first, helping the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Sunday night for their fourth straight win.

Elias Lindholm also got his first goal this season in the first period, and the Hurricanes kept up the pressure from there, challenging goalie Connor Hellebuyck with 40 shots.

Rask made it 2-0 on a power play early in the third, and after Mark Scheifele got his 11th goal for the Jets, Hanifin put it away with a power-play score with 1:43 left.

Cam Ward had 28 saves for Carolina, which finished 4-1-0 on this homestand.

Lindholm got on the board 6:45 in. He swept in from the left side along the goal line and ripped a shot past Hellebuyck on the short side. The goalie was screened by defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and couldn’t find the puck.

Rask made it 2-0 2:39 into the third, taking a slick pass from Lee Stempniak in close and lifting it past Hellebuyck.

Scheifele took over the NHL points lead (23) when he narrowed the deficit to 2-1. The 23-year-old one-timed a pass from Nikolaj Ehlers after Ehlers raced after a loose puck in the corner.

Hanifin restored the two-goal lead with a hammered one-timer from the right point.

The teams also played to open the season, when Winnipeg rallied from two goals down to win 4-3 in overtime.

Ward stalled the effort for a similar rally Sunday. He helped kill off a hooking penalty on Viktor Stalberg with about six minutes left by stopping three shots.

Carolina was perfect on the penalty kill for the ninth straight game. It killed three penalties Sunday and leads the NHL with a 91.1 percent success rate, including 19 straight.

Video: Yandle’s first Panthers goal comes against his former team in New York

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20:  Keith Yandle #3 of the Florida Panthers (L) celebrates his powerplay goal at 14:43 of the second period against the New York Rangers and is joined by Vincent Trocheck #21 (R) at Madison Square Garden on November 20, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It took 19 games, but Keith Yandle finally has his first goal as a member of the Florida Panthers.

The veteran puck-moving defenseman had nine assists in 18 games prior to Sunday’s contest against his old team, the New York Rangers. His goal, from a point shot that beat Henrik Lundqvist, put the Panthers back into a tie game late in the second period.

Yandle was one of the key offseason acquisitions this summer, and he entered this season with plenty of pressure after he signed a seven-year contract in Florida.

Yandle played 103 games for the Rangers, recording 58 points.


He’s back! Ducks recall Shea Theodore from the minors

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 28:  Shea Theodore #53 of the Anaheim Ducks skates during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on September 28, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Shea Theodore is back with the Anaheim Ducks.

On Sunday, just before their game with the rival L.A. Kings, the Ducks officially recalled the 21-year-old defenseman from the AHL’s San Diego Gulls.

In eight games in the minors this season, Theodore has seven assists, although he’s already been up and down between the Ducks and Gulls a few times now.

The 21-year-old Theodore has played six games for the Ducks this season, recording just one assist.

The Ducks entered this game with some question marks on the blue line, per Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register, although Kevin Bieksa is in the lineup tonight.