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Jagr, Trocheck lift Panthers past Senators

Forwards combine for six points to help Florida end three-game skid

by Alain Poupart / Correspondent

Jagr garners his second goal

OTT@FLA: Jagr nets his second goal of the night

3/10/16: Jaromir Jagr scores his second goal of the game on a perfect wrist shot from the slot, beating the glove of Craig Anderson

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jaromir Jagr and Vincent Trocheck each had a big performance to help the Florida Panthers end a three-game losing streak.

Jagr had two goals, and Trocheck tied his NHL career high for points with a goal and three assists in the Panthers' 6-2 win against the Ottawa Senators at BB&T Center on Thursday.

"We just needed a little bit more confidence in here," Trocheck said. "We're a young team. The confidence was a little bit down, so having a win like this, scoring that many goals, it definitely gets your confidence back up. That's the kind of thing that started that streak we had earlier in the year. I'm not saying we're going to go on another 12-game winning streak, but I think that's just what we need."

The Panthers (37-21-9) are tied for second in the Atlantic Division with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who have more regulation and overtime wins (36-31). Florida and Tampa Bay are one point behind the Boston Bruins, who have 84 points after losing 3-2 in overtime Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Panthers and Lightning each have played two fewer games than the Bruins.

Video: OTT@FLA: Trocheck shoots the puck perfectly upstairs

Trocheck had four points in a 7-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers in Florida's season opener.

"I felt pretty good today," he said. "There's something about these last couple of games that woke us all up here tonight. We knew we needed to come out with a little bit extra oomph."

Jagr, who passed Gordie Howe for third place on the NHL's all-time points list with 1,851 in Florida's previous game, reached 50 points this season with his first goal, making him the fifth player in NHL history with 20 seasons of 50 or more points (Howe, Ron Francis, Ray Bourque, Mark Messier).

Jagr has scored 17 goals in 33 games at BB&T Center.

"Sometimes the puck goes in, sometimes it doesn't," said Jagr, who has five two-goal games this season. "It's a little bit easier at home. You've got your home fans kind of pushing you a little bit more, so it's a little easier to play at home than on the road."

Video: OTT@FLA: Jagr scores the first goal of the game

Aaron Ekblad and Jonathan Huberdeau scored 14 seconds apart midway through the second period after Ottawa twice tied it after falling behind by a goal. Huberdeau and Jussi Jokinen each had a goal and an assist.

Jokinen has two goals and nine assists on a nine-game point streak, the longest by a Florida player this season. Huberdeau has a goal and three assists in two games since returning after missing six because of an upper-body injury.

"I feel I've been able to be consistent and playing with good players, playing big minutes," Jokinen said. "Coach has a lot of confidence in me, so it's been fun to play and fun to be able to contribute and help the team."

Roberto Luongo, who was pulled after the first period of a 5-4 overtime loss against the Boston on Monday, made 26 saves.

Zack Smith and Erik Karlsson each had a goal and an assist for the Senators (31-30-8), who have won once in their past six games (1-3-2). Smith has scored in four consecutive games and has a seven-game point streak (five goals, two assists).

Video: OTT@FLA: Ekblad, Huberdeau score twice in 14 seconds

Goalie Craig Anderson, back in net after missing four games with a knee injury, made 25 saves. He has allowed 17 goals in his past four appearances.

"I thought we had a real good start, then we got stubborn," Senators coach Dave Cameron said. "The stubbornness has been killing us all year. We force things and we try to make something happen when it's low-percentage. The puck ends up in the back of your net, the other team gets momentum and you're chasing the game. It's frustrating to watch that stubbornness beat us night after night."

Anderson, who played for Florida from 2006-09, was 12-5-2 with a 2.04 goals-against average, a .935 save percentage and three shutouts against his former team entering Thursday.

Ekblad broke a 2-2 tie at 9:32 of the second period when he one-timed a drop pass from Trocheck in the slot after Trocheck skated around the Ottawa net.

Huberdeau made it 4-2 at 9:46 after a loose puck going to the front of the net bounced off his skate, forcing Anderson to make a pad save. Huberdeau backhanded the rebound off the right post and into the Ottawa net.

Video: OTT@FLA: Karlsson gets the Senators on the board

"Two quick ones; that happens," Smith said. "You've got to show a little more resiliency than that. We definitely didn't have a pushback after those two goals."

Jagr's second goal made it 5-2 at 4:26 of the third period. He took a pass from Trocheck and beat Anderson with a quick shot from the slot through an Ottawa defender.

Jagr opened the scoring at 13:07 of the first period with his Panthers-leading 22nd goal off a 2-on-1 rush when he one-timed Huberdeau's centering pass.

"We've got a lot of good players, and I'm just finding my spots and try to shoot it as quick as possible," Jagr said.

Ottawa tied it 1-1 in the final minute of the period. After Bobby Ryan's shot from the top of the circle was blocked in front of the net, Smith got to the loose puck and put it past Luongo at 19:37.

Video: OTT@FLA: Smith ties the game late in the 1st period

The Panthers regained the lead at 5:52 of the second when Erik Gudbranson took Jokinen's drop pass inside the right circle and fed him a centering pass that left Jokinen alone against Anderson.

Ottawa needed 37 seconds to tie it a second time, with Karlsson scoring on a shot from the point through a screen.

Florida has won three of four games against Ottawa this season. They will play April 7 in Ottawa.

"I think we played great," Karlsson said. "We just had some bad puck luck at the wrong time, and it wound up costing us the game tonight. For the most part, we played good enough to be in it. They were just getting a little more bounces than we were tonight."

Video: Jagr, Trocheck lead Panthers past Senators, 6-2

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