“You’re going to go through some ups and downs throughout a season, as a team and individually,” Barberio said. “The key is not to get too high with the highs and too low with the lows. That’s the way hockey goes and I’m just happy to contribute a bit.”
Barberio put the Avalanche ahead to stay 6:17 into the third. His slap shot off the rush hit Pittsburgh forward Riley Sheahan in front and got past goaltender Tristan Jarry.
“That was a huge win that we really needed, especially in our division,” Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau said. “We weren’t very good in the first period, but we came back and played the way we need to play in the second and third.”
Vincent Trocheck also scored for the Panthers, while Henrik Zetterberg scored for the Wings, who are 0-5 in overtime.
“We had a lot of chances throughout the whole game,” Crawford said. “The third was our best period. It was another good win for us at home, something to build off of and keep going with this.”
Ball didn’t seem to mind.
“That’s what the team is for,” he said. “JC came in and he was cooking tonight.”
Brandon Ingram added 18 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 15 for the Lakers, who have won two straight after losing five in a row.
“It doesn’t matter who comes in, who finishes the game — we support each other and throughout the game everyone made huge contributions,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “At the end, that group had it rolling. So I was planning on throwing `Zo and Brook (Lopez) back in the game but because of the way the momentum was going, we stuck with the group that was out there and they got the job done for us.”