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Ducks 5, Panthers 4

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Chris Pronger snapped a third-period tie with his second goal of the game and the Anaheim Ducks improved the best start in franchise history by beating the Florida Panthers 5-4 Tuesday night.

The Ducks, who broke the team record with their sixth consecutive road victory, improved to 24-3-6. Their 54 points are the most by any team through 33 games since the 1979 Philadelphia Flyers had 54.

Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Francois Beauchemin also scored for the Ducks. Perry had a goal and two assists, and Beauchemin had one of each.

Drew Larman, Nathan Horton, Jay Bouwmeester and former Ducks defenseman Ruslan Salei scored for the Panthers, who rallied to tie after trailing 4-2 in the third period.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 27 saves for Anaheim. Alex Auld stopped 31 shots for the Panthers.

Pronger scored the deciding goal Anaheim won a faceoff in the Florida zone. Pronger's shot went through a crowd and beat Auld low to the stick side with nine minutes left.

Pronger's first goal, at 3:34 of the third period, gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead. He scored on the power play when he beat Auld with a one-timer from the point.

Bouwmeester cut the deficit to 4-3 at 4:56 with a slap shot from just inside the blue line got past Giguere's glove.

Salei, in his first game against the Ducks following nine seasons with them, then took a pass from Olli Jokinen and beat Giguere from the slot.

Notes

Florida RW Juraj Kolnik missed his 11th consecutive game because of a pulled groin. ... Florida LW David Booth, recalled from Rochester of the AHL on Monday, recorded his first NHL point when he assisted on Larman's goal. ... Anaheim RW Teemu Selanne, who came in tied for third in NHL in scoring, was held without a point for only the third time in his last 16 games. ... Florida has lost its last seven against Pacific Division opponents, including a 1-0 defeat at Anaheim last season. ... This was the Ducks' first game at Florida since Dec. 27, 2003. ... Florida remained winless when trailing after two periods (0-14-1). ... Anaheim is 18-0-2 when leading after two.

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