Barkov’s short-handed goal lifts Panthers past Chicago, into 1st place at halfway point

Aleksander Barkov raced through the middle of the ice with the chance to turn the Chicago Blackhawks’ power play — probably the single biggest reason they’re a surprise playoff contender — against them. A few minutes later, the Florida Panthers were trying to kill off another Blackhawks power play when he charged down the right side and zipped a pass across the ice to MacKenzie Weegar for an open snap shot. With the clock ticking past the seven-minute mark, he saw the same play developing and a chance to deliver the Panthers the game-winning goal in an eventual 6-3 victory. The star center s…

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