SUNRISE — The skate from the opposite goal to the Panthers' bench is not an arduous one. About 115 feet bridge the journey, crossing from the north end of the BB&T Center to the lonely perch at the end of the bench reserved for goaltenders. It's not supposed to be a joyous skate, but it's become familiar for James Reimer in the past four days.
During the Panthers' 7-3 loss to the Blue Jackets on Thursday, Reimer was yanked from the game for the second straight time as Florida lost its third consecutive game. With Columbus' seven-goal output, the Panthers have allowed at least five goals in three of their past five games. They have allowed seven-plus goals in back-to-back games.
Reimer barely lasted 29 minutes Thursday, allowing four goals on 19 shots. During Monday night's 8-5 loss to the Lightning, Reimer stopped 14 of 19 shots in less than half a game. Between the two games, Reimer has posted a 9.18 goals-against average and a .763 save percentage.
On the season, Reimer's numbers dipped to 4.00 and .890, respectively, in nine games. He has started the past six games with Roberto Luongo sidelined with a right hand injury.
Antti Niemi replaced Reimer for the rest of the game.
The Panthers' loss spoiled a three-point night from Vincent Trocheck, who scored and assisted on two the other two goals.
Josh Anderson and Oliver Bjorkstrand each scored two goals for Columbus.
Game highlights: Lars Eller scored two goals, including the winner, and had an assist to help the host Capitals beat the Islanders 4-3. … Sean Kuraly scored his first career goal to snap a tie midway through the third period, sending the host Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Golden Knights.