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Panthers 6, Penguins 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Pittsburgh Penguins 3, Florida Panthers 6

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Olli Jokinen's first career hat trick helped the Florida Panthers end a month of futility.

Jokinen scored two of his three goals during Florida's four-goal first period and the Panthers snapped a 12-game losing streak by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 on Friday night.

``It's been a rough month,'' Jokinen said. ``You read every day in the newspaper and see the numbers to see what the losing streak is. It's over now. It's a good feeling.''

Kristian Huselius, Gary Roberts and Stephen Weiss also scored for Florida, which avoided tying the franchise record for consecutive losses. The Panthers had been 0-8-4 since winning 4-3 at Pittsburgh on Oct. 25.

Ziggy Palffy, Sidney Crosby and Erik Christensen had goals for Pittsburgh, which has lost 10 straight to Florida. Palffy added two assists.

Crosby, the NHL's top rookie scorer, left the game in the third period with a bruised left foot. X-rays were negative.

``I wasn't sure if it was broken, but it's just a bruise,'' Crosby said. ``(Saturday), I'll see how it feels.''

Jokinen's hat trick - in his 500th NHL game - was Florida's first since Pavel Bure did it on March 17, 2001, against Toronto.

``If it was a win and I didn't score any goals, I would be happy,'' Jokinen said.

Florida's Roberto Luongo stopped 36 shots.

``I think a lot of guys, including myself, feel like the pressure's been lifted a little off our backs because it was getting pretty tough,'' Luongo said. ``It's a big win, now we have to keep going.''

Huselius and Jokinen scored 64 seconds apart to help Florida take a 2-0 lead three minutes into the game en route to a 4-1 advantage after one period.

Huselius poked in a rebound from Lukas Krajicek's slap shot that hit the end boards to the left of goalie Sebastien Caron. It was Huselius' fifth goal.

Jokinen fired a shot past Caron's right from just inside the center blue line for his eighth goal at 3:00.

Just 17 seconds after Palffy deflected Christensen's cross-ice pass for his 10th goal at 8:11, Roberts wristed a shot past Caron's stick side for his fourth goal and a 3-1 Panthers lead.

Jocelyn Thibault then replaced Caron.

Jokinen scored his ninth goal, a wrist shot to Thibault's high glove side, at 13:34 of the first.

Crosby took advantage of a lapse by Florida's defense to score from right in front of Luongo 48 seconds into the second. The rookie was alone when he took Palffy's pass.

Christensen scored at 8:00 of the second to pull Pittsburgh within 4-3. Panthers coach Jacques Martin then used his timeout.

``The purpose was to relax our guys and get them back to focus,'' Martin said. ``We worked hard and we wanted to make Pittsburgh earn it.''

Jokinen and Weiss scored two minutes apart midway through the period to give Florida a 6-3 lead.

``We knew they were a dangerous team, we knew they were in the slide they have been in,'' Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk said. ``We were in a similar slide early in the season.''

Jokinen's third goal, at 10:56 of the second, came on a 2-on-1 with Chris Gratton. Jokinen, skating in on the right, one-timed Gratton's pass into the net.

Notes: Despite Florida's two goals in the first three minutes, the arena scoreboard showed 0-0 until 12:20 remained in the first period. ... Pittsburgh has failed to score first in 17 of 23 games. ... Hall of Fame D Bobby Orr was at the game.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:56
FLA
Kristian Huselius (5) Slapshot - ASST: Stephen Weiss (7), Lukas Krajicek (6)
1 - 0 FLA
03:00
FLA
Olli Jokinen (8) Slapshot - ASST: Sean Hill (7), Roberto Luongo (2)
2 - 0 FLA
08:11
PIT
Ziggy Palffy (10) Backhand shot - ASST: Erik Christensen (3)
2 - 1 FLA
08:28
FLA
Gary Roberts (4) Slapshot - ASST: Chris Gratton (3)
3 - 1 FLA
13:34
FLA
SHG - Olli Jokinen (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Joel Kwiatkowski (2)
4 - 1 FLA
2nd Period
00:48
PIT
Sidney Crosby (12) Slapshot - ASST: Ziggy Palffy (17)
4 - 2 FLA
08:00
PIT
Erik Christensen (4) Slapshot - ASST: Ziggy Palffy (18)
4 - 3 FLA
10:56
FLA
Olli Jokinen (10) Slapshot - ASST: Gary Roberts (4), Chris Gratton (4)
5 - 3 FLA
12:56
FLA
Stephen Weiss (6) Tip-in - ASST: Gregory Campbell (1)
6 - 3 FLA
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
08:57
PIT
Mario Lemieux  Hooking
11:35
FLA
Chris Gratton  Hooking
18:31
FLA
Juraj Kolnik  Interference on goalkeeper
2nd Period
03:09
PIT
Richard Jackman  Tripping
04:51
PIT
Maxime Talbot  Fighting (maj)
04:51
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Fighting (maj)
15:47
FLA
Joel Kwiatkowski  Hooking
3rd Period
02:15
FLA
Olli Jokinen  Holding
14:46
FLA
Eric Cairns  Roughing
15:05
FLA
Joel Kwiatkowski  Interference
goalie stats
Sebastien Caron
SA: 7TOI: 8:28
Saves: 4EV: 4 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .571SH: 0 - 0
Jocelyn Thibault
SA: 39TOI: 51:32
Saves: 36EV: 36 - 38
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 1
Roberto Luongo
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
Saves: 36EV: 36 - 39
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0