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Panthers Fall 4-2

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:42 AM

Associated Press

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Panthers Fall 4-2
Florida Panthers 2, Atlanta Thrashers 4

ATLANTA (AP) -Niclas Bergfors didn't waste any time scoring his first goal with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Bergfors scored the go-ahead goal with 4:26 left and the Thrashers beat the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Saturday night to end a three-game losing streak.

Bergfors, playing his second game for the Thrashers after joining the team in a trade that sent superstar Ilya Kovalchuk to New Jersey, scored on a 15-foot blast that went between goalie Tomas Vokoun's legs. Bergfors had 14 goals this season.

"It had been a month since I scored a goal," he said. "It was great. It means a lot."

Actually, it was more like five weeks. His last goal came was Dec. 30 against Pittsburgh.

 

 
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He played his first game with Atlanta in a 5-2 loss at Washington on Friday night. He still hasn't practiced with the team.

"It's nice to get practice, but it doesn't necessarily mean that much," said Bergfors, a rookie who was a first round pick by the Penguins (23rd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

"Very opportunist," said Atlanta coach John Anderson of Bergfors. "I was telling him after the second period, don't be afraid to be a hero.Lo and behold. Great shot, great play."

Evander Kane added an empty-net goal for Atlanta, his 12th, with 1:14 left.

Radek Dvorak scored twice in the first period to give Florida a 2-0 lead, but the Thrashers' Max Afinogenov and Bryan Little countered in the second.

"We had the game under control. We were up by two goals, then the game shifted a little bit to their side," Dvorak said.

Dvorak, scoreless in his previous 15 games after scoring three goals in a 6-2 win over Pittsburgh on Jan. 3, got his first goal at 6:18 of the opening period. He directed a shot by Jordan Leopold past goalie Johan Hedberg. Dvorak added his 11th with 3:15 left, knocking in a rebound of a blast from Kamil Kreps.

"We have to keep pushing and pressing and play our game," he said. "In the end, it's 4-2. We have to learn from that."

Afinogenov got the Thrashers on the board with a power-play goal 3:49 into the second period, beating Vokoun from in close for his 18th goal. Little tied it at 2 with his ninth goal on a rebound of a shot by Tobias Enstrom at 8:39.

Nik Antropov assisted on all three Atlanta goals.

The Panthers lost their third straight and fourth in five games.

NOTES: The game, scheduled to start at 7 p.m., was delayed until 7:53 p.m. when the Thrashers had problems returning to Atlanta from Washington due to snow. The Thrashers, who lost 5-2 at Washington on Friday night, took a four-hour bus ride to Richmond, Va., including a minor accident with a truck on I-95 before taking a charter flight to Atlanta. It landed just before 6 p.m. "It was an interesting day to say the least," said Anderson. ... Vokoun started his 18th consecutive game for the Panthers. ... Florida was 0 for 7 on power plays.
scoring summary
1st Period
06:18
FLA
Radek Dvorak (10) Tip-in - ASST: Jordan Leopold (11), Gregory Campbell (10)
1 - 0 FLA
16:45
FLA
Radek Dvorak (11) Backhand shot - ASST: Kamil Kreps (7)
2 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
03:49
ATL
PPG - Maxim Afinogenov (18) Slapshot - ASST: Pavel Kubina (24), Nik Antropov (30)
2 - 1 FLA
08:39
ATL
Bryan Little (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Tobias Enstrom (36), Nik Antropov (31)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
15:34
ATL
Niclas Bergfors (14) Slapshot - ASST: Nik Antropov (32), Pavel Kubina (25)
3 - 2 ATL
18:46
ATL
EN - Evander Kane (12) ASST: NONE
4 - 2 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
11:44
FLA
Nick Tarnasky  Boarding against  Evander Kane
14:38
ATL
Evander Kane  Interference against  Steve Reinprecht
2nd Period
02:20
ATL
Ron Hainsey  Tripping against  Steve Reinprecht
02:46
FLA
Jordan Leopold  Holding the stick against  Chris Thorburn
03:26
FLA
Bryan McCabe  Slashing against  Zach Bogosian
04:42
FLA
Keith Ballard  Fighting (maj) against  Ron Hainsey
04:42
ATL
Ron Hainsey  Fighting (maj) against  Keith Ballard
06:56
FLA
Nick Tarnasky  Misconduct (10 min)
11:02
ATL
Evander Kane  Interference on goalkeeper against  Tomas Vokoun
13:39
ATL
Tobias Enstrom  Tripping against  Dennis Seidenberg
17:18
ATL
Zach Bogosian  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Dominic Moore
17:18
FLA
Dominic Moore  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Zach Bogosian
19:46
FLA
Dominic Moore  Fighting (maj) against  Zach Bogosian
19:46
ATL
Zach Bogosian  Fighting (maj) against  Dominic Moore
19:46
ATL
Colby Armstrong  Roughing against  Kamil Kreps
3rd Period
00:59
FLA
Steve Reinprecht  Tripping against  Ron Hainsey
06:51
ATL
Maxim Afinogenov  Hooking against  Rostislav Olesz
10:48
ATL
Pavel Kubina  Interference on goalkeeper against  Tomas Vokoun
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 34TOI: 59:47
Saves: 31EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .912SH: 3 - 3
Johan Hedberg
Johan Hedberg
13-9-4
SA: 28TOI: 59:49
Saves: 26EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .929SH: 1 - 1
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