Parise, Staal lead Wild over Panthers, 7-4

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Zach Parise scored the go-ahead goal with 5:07 left and the Minnesota Wild pulled away to beat the reeling Florida Panthers 7-4 on Friday night.

With the score tied 4, goalie James Reimer blocked a shot from the point by Jonas Brodin, but the puck bounced out to his left side where he didn’t see it and it sat in the crease. Parise swept the loose puck in.

Mikael Granlund scored an empty-net goal with 1:10 left, his team-leading 22nd of the season, and Charlie Coyle added another empty-netter with 2.5 seconds left.

Eric Staal scored twice for Minnesota, and Jason Pominville and Jason Zucker also connected. Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves before he was replaced by Devan Dubnyk to start the third period. Dubnyk stopped 11 shots.

The Western Conference- leading Wild won for the first time in three games.

The Panthers have lost seven of their past eight.

Jaromir Jagr scored his 762nd NHL goal. Mark Pysyk had a goal and an assist, and Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Marchessault also scored. Reimer stopped 38 shots.

Barkov gave the Panthers a 4-3 lead at 2:57 of the third. Dubnyk mishandled the puck behind the net. Barkov found the loose puck and put it into an empty net.

The Wild tied it 4 on Staal’s second goal. He grabbed a rebound and put the puck past Reimer at 5:24.

The Wild tied it 2 in the second period when Nino Niederreiter passed from behind the goal line to Staal in front, who poked in the puck at 8:07.

The Wild took a 3-2 lead two minutes later. Pominville shot the puck over Reimer, who was down flat on his back in the crease during a scrum in front.

Jagr tied it at 3 when he came from behind the net and put a shot on goal from the right side that went off Kuemper and in at 11:09 of the second.

Pysyk broke a 1-1 tie when his wrist shot from the high slot got past Kuemper on the glove side with 1:49 left in the first to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead.

Zucker gave the Wild a 1-0 lead 7:50 in.

The Panthers tied it at 1 on Marchessault’s power-play goal at 14:22.

NOTES: Panthers G Roberto Luongo, who has missed three games, might be out another 1-2 weeks with a lower-body injury. … Marchessault has 20 goals for the first time in his NHL career. … Wild C Martin Hanzal recorded his 200th career assist on the Pominville goal. … Staal reached the 20-goal mark for the 10th time in his career. … D Christian Folin missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. … D Matt Dumba missed his second game due to illness.

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