GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ Olli Jokinen wouldn't allow the Florida Panthers to
Jokinen helped kill an overtime penalty, then scored his second power-play
goal with 1:38 left in overtime to give the Florida Panthers a 5-4 comeback
victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night.
Florida's Juraj Kolnik and Mike Van Ryn tied it with goals 28 seconds apart
in the final 1:47, just after Paul Mara and Daymond Langkow scored 2:14 apart
to give the Coyotes a 4-2 lead.
``We didn't want to lose this game,'' said Jokinen, who assisted on Kolnik's
goal. ``In my mind was we needed to kill the penalty first. Then when we got
the penalty, I thought we needed to score and win.''
Eric Beaudoin also scored to help the Panthers snap a four-game winless
Chris Gratton and Daniel Cleary added goals for the Coyotes, and Shane Doan
had three assists. The Coyotes fell to 2-6-2-2 at new Glendale Arena, and their
8-11-4-2 overall home record is the worst in the Western Conference.
``It was an absolute collapse,'' Cleary said. ``At this level, in this stage
of the season, it doesn't happen. We're not a good enough team to give up
points like that.''
Kolnik pulled Florida to 4-3 on his eighth goal with 1:47 remaining. Van Ryn
tied it 28 seconds later with goalie Steve Shields off for an extra attacker,
deflecting a shot off Radoslav Suchy's skate from the top of the left circle.
``It seemed like if for once we got the hockey gods smiling our way,''
Florida coach Rick Dudley said. ``When we got down two goals they were
devastated. You could see it on their faces. But we never gave up.''
Mara had broken a 2-2 tie with 4:35 remaining, fighting off Florida
defenseman Mathieu Biron and beating Shields to his stick side. Langkow then
extended Phoenix's lead to a seemingly comfortable 4-2 with his 15th goal.
``We were a little upset with ourselves, not how good those goals were,''
Van Ryn said. ``But we never got discouraged where we got away from our game
Beaudoin had given the Panthers a 2-1 lead at 3:04 of the second period when
his shot deflected off Phoenix center Jeff Taffe's stick and past goalie Brian
Boucher for his second goal.
Gratton tied the game at 12:53 of the period, one-timing a cross-ice pass
from Doan past goalie Steve Shields from the center of the right faceoff circle
for his eighth goal.
Phoenix appeared to take a 3-2 lead with 4:20 left in the second period,
only to have the goal disallowed.
With Shields skating to the Florida bench while awaiting a delayed penalty
call, the Panthers' Kristian Huselius lost control of the puck just inside the
Phoenix blue line and sent the puck backward the length of the ice into his own
Referee Dan O'Halloran waved off the goal, saying Phoenix's Cale Hulse had
caused the miscue by hitting Huselius' arm with his stick. O'Halloran confirmed
his call with video goal judge Adam Keller.
``The call was proper by the officials,'' Phoenix coach Bob Francis said.
``There's a flaw in the rule, I will say that. Something needs to be addressed.
There is a lot of gray.''