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Cory Stillman, Tomas Vokoun help Panthers edge Sharks 4-3

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SUNRISE, Fla. - Cory Stillman had two goals and an assist, and Tomas Vokoun made 47 saves as Florida Panthers beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 Friday night.

Richard Zednik and Nathan Horton also scored for the Panthers, who have won consecutive games for the first time this season. The goal was Zednik's first of the season and first since he sustained a life-threatening neck injury in Buffalo last February. Defenceman Keith Ballard had three assists for the Panthers.

Joe Thornton, Ryane Clowe and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose, which missed a chance at the first 7-1 start in franchise history.

Vokoun improved to 10-1-1 in his last 12 starts against San Jose. He made a key pad save against Clowe on a San Jose power play with about seven minutes remaining in the third period.

Evgeni Nabokov made 30 saves for San Jose, which has have allowed four goals or more in each of its last four games.

Stillman, signed as a free agent in the off-season, broke a 3-3 tie at 18:14 of the second period when he tipped Ballard's wrist shot that was going wide of the net.

The goal came 37 seconds after the Sharks had tied the game on Marleau's short-handed goal.

Stillman's first goal started a three-goal run by the Panthers in the first period that gave them a 3-1 lead. He scored at 7:16 when his one-time slap shot from the blue-line caromed off the post to Nabokov's glove side.

Zednik's goal gave Florida the lead at 14:29. He scored when he put home a rebound through Nabokov's legs.

Horton scored 36 seconds later when he fired a short shot over Nabokov's glove after taking a centring feed from Stillman.

Thornton opened the scoring 51 seconds in with a power-play goal. He fired a wrist shot from the high slot and it went off a Florida player and through the legs of Vokoun.

Clowe had San Jose's second power-play goal of the game at 11:38 of the second period to close the gap to 3-2. Clowe scored when Christian Ehrhoff's wrist shot from the wing went off his body.

Clowe had a goal disallowed earlier on that power play when it was ruled he kicked the puck in.

Notes: San Jose's 6-2 start matches the franchise best after eight games set in 2005-06. ... Florida beat San Jose for the first time in nine meetings. Its last victory had come on Feb. 9, 2000. ... Florida C Gregory Campbell missed the game because of a hip injury. ... Florida was called for a penalty 16 seconds into the game. It's the second time this season the Panthers have been short-handed in the first 20 seconds of a game.

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