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Jokinen, Panthers hold off Thrashers

Mar 11, 2007 - 5:16 AM
SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- Olli Jokinen and the Florida Panthers were sick and tired of losing to the Atlanta Thrashers, so they did something about it.

Jokinen scored a goal and set up another and Ed Belfour made 30 saves as the Panthers posted a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers, who had won six straight against their Southeast Division rivals.

Nathan Horton and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester also tallied for Florida (29-27-13), which climbed within four points of idle Carolina (34-28-7) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

After Marian Hossa scored his 40th goal of the season midway through the first period to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead, Jokinen scored at 5:48 of the second to forge a 1-1 tie. Less than two minutes later, Horton blasted a 60-foot slap shot that squeezed between the skate of goaltender Kari Lehtonen and the right goalpost to put Florida ahead, 2-1.

Bouwmeester doubled the lead at 3:52 of the third session for the Panthers, who have won six of their last seven.

Keith Tkachuk, who scored two goals vs. Florida on Tuesday, cut the deficit to 3-2 with 4 1/2 minutes to go. But it was not enough for the Thrashers (36-24-10), who had their five-game winning streak snapped and failed to add to their two-point lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning (38-27-4) in the Southeast.

Defenseman Alexei Zhitnik recorded two assists and Lehtonen made 36 saves for Atlanta.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 1 0 1 2
    FLORIDA 0 2 1 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - MARIAN HOSSA 40 (ALEXEI ZHITNIK, ERIC BELANGER) 9:28
    2ND PRD: FLA - OLLI JOKINEN 31 (DAVID BOOTH, STEVE MONTADOR) 5:48
    FLA - NATHAN HORTON 25 (MARTIN GELINAS, BRYAN ALLEN) 7:38
    3RD PRD: FLA - JAY BOUWMEESTER 10

    Mar 10 11:01 PM


  • NHL
    ATLANTA 2
    FLORIDA 3
    3RD PRD: ATL - KEITH TKACHUK 23 (MARIAN HOSSA, ALEXEI ZHITNIK) 15:29

    Thrashers vs. PanthersMar 10 10:51 PM


  • NHL
    ATLANTA 1
    FLORIDA 3
    3RD PRD: FLA - JAY BOUWMEESTER 10 (OLLI JOKINEN) 3:52

    Thrashers vs. PanthersMar 10 10:32 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 1 0 1
    FLORIDA 0 2 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - MARIAN HOSSA 40 (ALEXEI ZHITNIK, ERIC BELANGER) 9:28
    2ND PRD: FLA - OLLI JOKINEN 31 (DAVID BOOTH, STEVE MONTADOR) 5:48
    FLA - NATHAN HORTON 25 (MARTIN GELINAS, BRYAN ALLEN) 7:38
    SHOTS ON GOAL:

    Mar 10 10:07 PM


  • NHL
    ATLANTA 1
    FLORIDA 2
    2ND PRD: FLA - NATHAN HORTON 25 (MARTIN GELINAS, BRYAN ALLEN) 7:38

    Thrashers vs. PanthersMar 10 8:47 PM


  • NHL
    ATLANTA 1
    FLORIDA 1
    2ND PRD: FLA - OLLI JOKINEN 31 (DAVID BOOTH, STEVE MONTADOR) 5:48

    Thrashers vs. PanthersMar 10 8:44 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 1 1
    FLORIDA 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - MARIAN HOSSA 40 (ALEXEI ZHITNIK, ERIC BELANGER) 9:28
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATL 7 7
    FLA 16 16
    GOALIES: ATL - KARI LEHTONEN


    Mar 10 8:15 PM


  • NHL
    ATLANTA 1
    FLORIDA 0
    1ST PRD: ATL - MARIAN HOSSA 40 (ALEXEI ZHITNIK, ERIC BELANGER) 9:28

    Thrashers vs. PanthersMar 10 7:56 PM