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Panthers 3, Thrashers 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Panthers 3, Thrashers 2, SO
Atlanta Thrashers 2, Florida Panthers 3

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -The Florida Panthers are finally getting the hang of shootouts. They hope it isn't too late.

Jozef Stumpel scored the tying goal in the third period and notched the clincher in the shootout, leading the Panthers to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night.

It was Florida's second victory in three shootouts after losing its first seven of the season.

"If we'd won maybe half of those, we'd be in a different position right now," Stumpel said. "But this was our problem and hopefully we're going to solve it and get better and better at it."

Bryan Allen also scored for the Panthers, who are hanging on to slim playoff hopes. Florida is in 12th place in the Eastern Conference and trails eighth-place Montreal by six points with five games left.

The victory was only Florida's fourth in 18 overtimes this season. The Panthers' 14 overtime losses are tied for the most in the league with the Los Angeles Kings.

Craig Anderson, in goal for Florida after Ed Belfour started a franchise-record 27 consecutive games, stopped 33 shots in regulation and overtime. He then stopped Vyacheslav Kozlov and Marian Hossa in the shootout.

Anderson was 4-0 in shootouts this season for Rochester of the AHL, including three straight between Jan. 12-16.

"It's a terrific feeling," Anderson said. "I give credit to the guys. If we don't score, we don't win. It's up to those guys to put it in, and they did a terrific job of it."

Vyacheslav Kozlov scored twice for Atlanta, which increased its Southeast Division lead to three points over idle Tampa Bay. Both teams have five games remaining.

Kozlov also had a goal disallowed in the second period when the score was 1-1 after it was ruled he had kicked the puck in.

"It was a pretty good game, but we didn't get the two points," Kozlov said. "They played hard. We should be happy with one point."

Kari Lehtonen made 33 saves for the Thrashers, who have lost three in a row.

The Panthers took the last two games of the season series after the Thrashers had won the first six.

"I know the playoff hopes are on the line," Anderson said. "I had to put out a good effort and keep it close for the guys."

Atlanta almost won at the end of regulation, but Anderson made a nice pad save on Marian Hossa's wrist shot from the slot.

"Even though we had pressure in their zone there, I knew I was going to have to make one more save, one more save," Anderson said. "So I was telling myself to stay in the moment, stay focused."

Each team managed only two shots in overtime.

After Lehtonen stopped Ville Peltonen and Anderson stopped Kozlov in the first round of the shootout, Nathan Horton gave Florida a 1-0 lead. After Anderson stopped Hossa, Stumpel clinched the victory with a backhand-forehand deke.

Stumpel tied the game at 2 with a power-play goal at 12:01 of the third period. He redirected a loose puck past Lehtonen after Olli Jokinen's slap shot from the high slot went off a stick.

"That tying goal in the third was a lucky bounce, I think," said Lehtonen, who played a strong game after the soft goal he gave up to Allen. "A pretty entertaining game, but not good for us that we didn't get two points."

Atlanta led 2-1 heading into the third period, but failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 power play for 1:11 before Stumpel tied it.

Kozlov had given Atlanta a 2-1 lead on a 4-on-3 power play at 13:33 of the second period when he tapped home Scott Mellanby's pass across the crease.

"It was definitely a big point," Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said. "It was two situations: the point we lost and the point we gained. The way we played, we played a strong game. Those guys are playing very well, they took two points from Tampa last night. We leave this building with one point and that may be a very big point later."

Notes: Jokinen had his five-game goal-scoring streak snapped. ... The last Florida game not started by Belfour was Jan. 18 against Toronto, when Alex Auld got the start. ... Atlanta's 6-2 season record was its best against Florida, beating a 4-1-1 mark in 2003-04. ... Stumpel's goal was his 21st of the season, matching a career high for the 15-year veteran. He also had 21 in 1996-97 with Boston and the following season with Los Angeles.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:04
FLA
Bryan Allen (4) ASST: Chris Gratton (21), Jozef Stumpel (33)
1 - 0 FLA
18:16
ATL
Vyacheslav Kozlov (24) ASST: Bobby Holik (17), Garnet Exelby (6)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
13:33
ATL
PPG - Vyacheslav Kozlov (25) ASST: Scott Mellanby (23), Marian Hossa (53)
2 - 1 ATL
3rd Period
12:01
FLA
PPG - Jozef Stumpel (21) ASST: Olli Jokinen (46), Juraj Kolnik (13)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDFLAATL
1V. PeltonenV. Kozlov
2N. HortonM. Hossa
3J. Stumpel
penalty summary
1st Period
14:37
FLA
Janis Sprukts  Tripping
19:58
ATL
Jean-Pierre Vigier  Slashing
19:58
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Cross checking
2nd Period
02:15
ATL
Andy Sutton  Roughing
02:15
FLA
Bryan Allen  Roughing
02:15
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Roughing
09:37
FLA
Mike Van Ryn  Holding
11:56
ATL
Keith Tkachuk  Hooking
11:58
FLA
Olli Jokinen  Hi-sticking
13:06
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Hooking
3rd Period
02:31
ATL
Eric Boulton  Hi-sticking
06:26
FLA
Nathan Horton  Holding
07:15
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Hi-sticking
11:43
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Holding
15:37
FLA
Jozef Stumpel  Tripping
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Kari Lehtonen
Kari Lehtonen
SA: 35TOI: 64:29
Saves: 33EV: 32 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .943SH: 1 - 1
Craig Anderson
SA: 35TOI: 64:55
Saves: 33EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .943SH: 1 - 1