Panthers down Jets, extend division leadFeb 4, 2012 - 3:40 AM
Kris Versteeg and Sean Bergenheim supplied the goals for the Panthers, who have won three of their last four games.
Florida, which improved to 13-5-7 at home, moved three points ahead of second- place Washington in the division standings. The Jets are five points off the pace.
Bryan Little had the lone goal for Winnipeg, which was vying for its first three-game winning streak as the visitor since December 4-13, 2010. The Jets fell to 2-3-0 on their six-game road trip.
Chris Mason made 28 saves in defeat.
The Panthers opened the scoring when Mikael Samuelsson fed Versteeg for a power-play goal at the 15:46 mark of the first period.
Versteeg, who pumped home his team-leading 20th goal of the season, returned to the lineup after missing Florida's 4-2 victory over Washington on Wednesday because of the flu.
The Jets are likely sick of Versteeg after the 25-year-old right winger lit the lamp for the sixth time in four meetings with Winnipeg this season.
Little tied the game by beating Clemmensen between the pads with a wrister from the middle of the left circle at 11:29 of the second period.
However, Bergenheim converted Marcel Goc's pass from behind the net 2:58 later to put Florida back on top.
Clemmensen posted seven saves during the final 20 minutes.
Versteeg has scored at least 20 goals for the fourth time in his career. He is two shy of his personal best set with Chicago in 2008-09...The Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise had won four straight at Florida...The Panthers improved to 9-1-2 against Canadian opponents this season...Winnipeg fell to 0-9-0 in the second half of a back-to-back in 2011-12.
- WINNIPEG: 1
Feb 3 10:06 PM
- WINNIPEG: 1
End of 2nd
Feb 3 9:11 PM
- Florida Goal - Sean Bergenheim (8), at 14:27.
Jets 1, Panthers 2 2nd - 5:33Feb 3 9:05 PM
- Sean Bergenheim wrist shot on Chris Mason.
Jets 1, Panthers 1 2nd - 7:52Feb 3 8:57 PM
- Bryan Little shot blocked by Mike Weaver.
Jets 0, Panthers 1 2nd - 8:35Feb 3 8:56 PM
- Winnipeg Goal - Bryan Little (12), at 11:29.
Jets 1, Panthers 1 2nd - 8:31Feb 3 8:56 PM
- WINNIPEG: 0
End of 1st
Feb 3 8:16 PM
- Florida Goal - Kris Versteeg, at 15:46.
Jets 0, Panthers 1 1st - 4:14Feb 3 8:08 PM
- WINNIPEG: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Feb 3 7:38 PM
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