NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Riding a three-game losing streak and fading in the wild-card race, the Florida Panthers needed something to get them going.
They got it from a totally unexpected source, a fourth line quickly dubbed the helicopter line. The reason: a center playing with two defenseman. In other words, no wings.
Mike Matheson, Mark Pysyk and Noel Acciari each scored and accounted for eight points as the Panthers got back on track with a 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
“The way that line played tonight, more lines have to follow that,” Panthers defenseman Anton Stralman said.