Bobrovsky’s save of 47 in Panthers win neutralizes Flames offensive onslaught

Patric Hornqvist scored once, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped an unprecedented 47 shots in the season and the Florida Panthers increased their winning streak from two to four by beating the Calgary Flames, 6-2, on Tuesday night in Sunrise.

Joe Thornton scored a historic goal for Florida in the second period. Florida improved to 18-3-0 at home. Florida also had goals from Ryan Lomberg, Anthony Duclair and Lucas Carlsson. Brandon Montour scored the second three assists of his career.

Johnny Gaudreau got his 14th goal of the season for Calgary, and Blake Coleman also scored for the Flames, who led 2-1 early before the Panthers — now with 24 goals in their last four games — got rolling.

Florida’s Carter Verhaeghe was credited with two assists. Florida is currently 19-0-0 in scoring at least four goals per season.

Calgary: Jacob Markstrom scored 39 goals.

And for Thornton, a deflection — a power-play tip of a shot by Montour — late in the first period for a 3-2 Florida lead only added to his resume.

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His first goal came on Dec. 3, 1997, and he has now scored in every calendar year since — 26 consecutive years and counting.

2001 was Thornton’s best year in terms of goals. He scored 38. That was part of a 21-year run — 1999 through 2019 — in which he scored at least 12 goals annually. He scored six goals in 2020, nine in 2021, and is now back in the spotlight in 2022.

Bobrovsky’s record for saves this season was 43. It was the fourth time in his career that he stopped at least 47 shots — and ended the game stopping the last 41 shots that he saw.