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Flames edged by Panthers

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

SUNRISE, FL -- Jaromir Jagr scored the tie-breaking goal at 8:11 of the third period and the Florida Panthers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday at BB&T Center.

Jagr scored on a shot along the ice on the glove side of Flames goaltender Karri Ramo after getting the puck in front of the net and stickhandling around two Flames defenders. It was the 729th goal of his NHL career; he is two behind Marcel Dionne for fourth place on the NHL's all-time list.

Jagr, who also had an assist, snapped a four-game pointless streak.

Vincent Trocheck, Reilly Smith and Aaron Ekblad also scored for the Panthers (6-6-3), who hadn't won since defeating the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Oct. 27. Jussi Jokinen had two assists. Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida's scoring leader last season with 54 points, had an assist but remained without a goal in 15 games.

Luongo made 25 saves, including a spectacular glove save on a slap shot from the slot by defenceman Kris Russell with 6:12 remaining

David Jones had two goals for Calgary (5-10-1), which came in with a two-game winning streak. Sean Monahan scored late in the second period to tie the game at 3-3.

Ramo, making his fifth consecutive start, made 25 saves.

Florida is 6-0-0 when scoring more than two goals, 0-6-3 when scoring two or fewer. The Panthers scored a total of seven goals during their five-game losing streak.

The game was tied 3-3 entering the third period after the Flames erased a 3-1 deficit.

Jones got Calgary within 3-2 at 6:35 of the second on a breakaway after getting a great outlet pass from Matt Stajan. Luongo got his glove on Jones' wrist shot, but the puck trickled into the net.

Monahan tied it at 18:32 with a power-play goal. With Huberdeau in the penalty box for tripping, Monahan put home a loose puck in front of the net after TJ Brodie's wrist shot from the point bounced off teammate Jiri Hudler.

Trocheck opened the scoring 5:16 into the game when the NHL's top-ranked home power play struck. With Russell in the box for interference, Trocheck put home a backhand after Ramo couldn't control Jokinen's seemingly harmless wrist shot from the left circle.

Calgary tied it at 7:13, taking advantage of a turnover in the neutral zone when Huberdeau collided with teammate Brian Campbell at center ice. Joe Colborne grabbed the loose puck and after his back pass went off the skate of Ekblad, Jones put a shot past Luongo on the stick side.

Smith gave Florida a 2-1 lead at 15:43 when he scored on a rebound after Trocheck won a faceoff in the Calgary zone. Ekblad made it 3-1 at 3:53 of the second when he one-timed Jagr's nifty pass across the front of the net behind Ramo.

Center Dave Bolland returned to the Florida lineup after missing two games because of a hand injury. Calgary forward Micheal Ferland returned after missing eight games because of a knee injury.

Florida, which began a stretch of seven out of eight games at home, hosts the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. Calgary began a four-game road trip that continues Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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