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Pittsburgh Penguins 1, Florida Panthers 5 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Pittsburgh Penguins 1, Florida Panthers 5 FINAL
Pittsburgh Penguins 1, Florida Panthers 5

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) _ Niklas Hagman and the Florida Panthers took full advantage of a timely game against lowly Pittsburgh.

Hagman ended a 30-game drought with two goals, helping Florida extend Pittsburgh's franchise-record losing streak to 13 games with a 5-1 victory Thursday night.

``It's been a long time since I've scored,'' said Hagman, whose last goal was on Nov. 16. ``I was happy that I managed to get another one, too. Hopefully, it continues now.''

Darcy Hordichuk, Olli Jokinen and Valeri Bure also scored for the Panthers, who have won three in a row for the first time this season. The victory was Florida's eighth straight against Pittsburgh.

``It was huge,'' said goalie Roberto Luongo, who stopped 34 shots. ``We knew they were going to play desperate hockey. It was important for us to have a good game and not allow them anything.''

Ryan Malone scored a short-handed goal for the Penguins, who haven't won since beating Philadelphia 2-1 on Jan. 12.

``I don't know if it will all come together, but certainly positive play or a win certainly will help stop the bleeding,'' Penguins coach Ed Olczyk said.

Pittsburgh goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin was pulled after Hagman's second goal made it 3-1 with 2:02 left in the second period. Aubin gave up three goals on 29 shots before being replaced by Sebastien Caron.

After a scoreless first period, Florida set a franchise record with 26 shots on goal in the second and took a 4-1 lead.

``We've got a lot of leaders, they talked (after the first period) about how this was an important game,'' Hordichuk said. ``It was a great opportunity to get a victory. We needed it and we got it.''

Hagman broke a 1-1 tie on a short-handed goal after Aubin got caught out of his net trying to play the puck. After Matt Cullen stole the puck from Aubin in the corner, he passed in front to Hagman, who shot it into the open net for his first goal since Nov. 16.

It was a league-high 13th short-handed goal the Penguins have allowed this season.

Hagman increased the lead when he beat Aubin with a slap shot from the top of the right circle.

``When you score a goal, it gives you a little more boost, where you might try to do some different things when you've got some confidence in yourself,'' Hagman said. ``For me, not having scored in a long time, it was a big boost.''

Jokinen ended the second-period scoring outburst when he put a rebound past Caron on a power play with 7.7 seconds left.

Hordichuk scored a rare goal to give Florida a 1-0 lead. His shot off a nice spinning move in front of the net was only his second goal of the season and third in 109 NHL games.

The Panthers got the first 10 shots in the period before the Penguins' first two resulted in Malone's goal. Luongo made a pad save on Eric Meloche's shot on a two-on-one, but Malone backhanded the rebound into the open net.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:11
FLA
Darcy Hordichuk (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Byron Ritchie (4), Marcus Nilson (12)
1 - 0 FLA
07:54
PIT
SHG - Ryan Malone (16) Backhand shot - ASST: Eric Meloche (6), Richard Jackman (5)
1 - 1 Tie
10:31
FLA
SHG - Niklas Hagman (6) Snap shot - ASST: Matt Cullen (6)
2 - 1 FLA
17:58
FLA
Niklas Hagman (7) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
3 - 1 FLA
19:52
FLA
PPG - Olli Jokinen (18) Tip-in - ASST: Matt Cullen (7), Mike Van Ryn (15)
4 - 1 FLA
3rd Period
02:57
FLA
Valeri Bure (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Green (1)
5 - 1 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
07:18
FLA
Matt Cullen  Slashing
16:35
FLA
Olli Jokinen  Slashing
18:01
PIT
Rico Fata  Hooking - Obstruction
2nd Period
06:57
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Elbowing
08:56
FLA
Lyle Odelein  Interference
15:47
FLA
Viktor Kozlov  Hooking
19:27
PIT
Mike Eastwood  Hooking
3rd Period
00:47
FLA
Andreas Lilja  Holding
08:15
FLA
Darcy Hordichuk  Hi-sticking
09:03
PIT
Eric Meloche  Hooking
19:00
FLA
Mathieu Biron  Holding the stick
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Aubin
SA: 29TOI: 37:58
Saves: 26EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .897SH: 4 - 5
Sebastien Caron
SA: 8TOI: 22:02
Saves: 6EV: 4 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .750SH: 1 - 1
Roberto Luongo
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .971SH: 5 - 6