SUNRISE, Fla. – R.J. Umberger scored on a power play at 4:06 of overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 comeback victory over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night
Antoine Vermette tied it with 53 seconds left in regulation and Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason off for an extra attacker. Fedor Tyutin also scored, and Mason made 29 saves.
Cory Stillman and David Booth had first-period goals for Florida.
With Florida's Dmitry Kulikov off for holding in overtime, Grant Clitsome fired a slap shot from the right circle that Umberger deflected past goalie Tomas Vokoun.
On the tying goal, Vermette scored on a backhander after Vokoun blocked Clitsome's shot.
The Blue Jackets thought they had tied it with 2:38 left in the second on a shot by Derick Brassard, but a video review showed that the puck skimmed the crossbar and stayed out of the net.
The Blue Jackets closed to 2-1 with 1:19 left in the first period. The puck came around the end boards to Tyutin just inside the blue line at the left point and his slap shot got past Vokoun.
Florida made it 2-0 at 8:21 on a fluke play. Radek Dvorak took a shot from the right circle that bounced off Mason. It then hit Stillman in the head and bounced into the net.
Booth opened the scoring at 2:43 with his 14th goal of the season. Kulikov took a shot from the point that was blocked by Mason. Mike Santorelli got a stick on it before the puck came out to the high point. Booth grabbed it and his wrist shot beat Mason. The Panthers have scored first in 10 of their past 13 games.
NOTES: The Blue Jackets' last five games have been decided by one goal. ... Florida left winger Chris Higgins missed his sixth straight game because of a strained hamstring. ... Kulikov had a career-high two assists. ... Tyutin has points in nine of the past 13 games. ... Mason is 10-3-1 when he faces 30 or more shots.