Oilers losing streak reaches seven games after shutout against Panthers

EDMONTON — Sergei Bobrovsky made 40 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Florida Panthers beat the chilling Edmonton Oilers 6-0 on Thursday.

Aleksander Barkov scored two goals and added an assist for the Panthers (27-8-5), who improved to 9-1-1 in their last 11 games.

Carter Verhaeghe, Anthony Duclair, Sam Bennett and Owen Tippett also scored for Florida.

Mikko Koskinen stopped 22 shots as the Oilers (18-16-2) lost their seventh in a row.

Edmonton is 2-11-2 in its last 15 games.

There was no goal in the first period despite Edmonton chipping away at Bobrovsky with 17 shots.

Koskinen made seven saves in the net for Edmonton in the first quarter.

Florida got in first, scoring a power-play goal about five and a half minutes into the second period. Sam Reinhart sent a puck past Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse to Barkov, who shot home his 16th of the season. The Oilers have now allowed the first goal of the game in 23 of their last 27 games.

Verhaeghe was left alone in net and fired a ball into the top corner for his 14th goal of the season near the midpoint of the game to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead.

Edmonton outscored Florida 29-13 in 40 minutes.

Barkov added to Florida’s lead seven minutes into the third when his long shot smashed through a screen.

The Panthers made it 4-0 with a power-play goal with four minutes left in the final period as Duclair fired a loose puck into a wide-open net for his 17th of the campaign.

Just over a minute later, the Panthers got another power-play goal as Bennett sent a backhand shot from the post and also scored his 17th.

Edmonton’s late-game collapse saw the Panthers score their third goal in 2:36 as Tippett netted his fifth.

Florida will play Game 3 of a five-stop road trip to Vancouver on Friday, while the Oilers stay home to host the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Notes: Florida is now 20-0 when leading after the second period? The Oilers have scored two goals or less in 10 of their last 15 games? Missing from the Florida roster were Patric Hornqvist (upper body) and Gustav Forsling (COVID) … The Oilers were Mike Smith (thumb) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (lower body), along with Zach Hyman, Kyle Turris and Stuart Skinner (COVID)… With two goalies out for Edmonton, Ilya Konovalov left the taxi team to serve as Koskinen’s back-up.

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