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Horton scores two goals as Panthers top reeling Penguins 6-1

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PITTSBURGH - Nathan Horton scored twice and the Florida Panthers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-1 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday that sent the Penguins to their fourth straight loss.

Ville Peltonen, Bryan McCabe, Richard Zednik and Michael Frolik also scored for Florida, which pulled to within three points of the Penguins for eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Ruslan Fedotenko scored for Pittsburgh, which has lost 10 of 14 and five straight at home. Florida goalie Craig Anderson stopped 29 shots.

Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby got into the second fight of his career late in the second period and was assessed 19 penalty minutes on the play. Crosby, who a few minutes earlier was involved in a scrum with Gregory Campbell, pummelled Florida's Brett McLean right off the faceoff with 2:59 left in the second.

Crosby, whose only other fight came against Boston's Andrew Ference last season, threw his gloves off and grabbed an apparently unsuspecting McLean, who was kneeling over to take the faceoff. McLean eventually was able to drop his gloves and attempted a few swings but did not connect on any.

Crosby was given two minutes each for instigating and unsportsmanlike conduct and a 10-minute misconduct in addition to a fighting major. His aggravation level had been growing in recent weeks as the Penguins have lost six of eight with their captain getting four points in that time.

It came to a boiling point after the Panthers scored on four of their first 10 shots - including two on only five first-period shots against Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury.

Peltonen opened the scoring midway through the first four seconds after a Penguins penalty had expired when he wristed a rather innocent-looking shot from above the left-wing faceoff circle into the lower left portion of the net with Fleury leaning the other way.

Horton scored his ninth with 4:40 to play in the first after a breakdown by Pittsburgh's defence allowed him to skate in alone and beat Fleury with a wrist shot high to the stick side.

Fleury was pulled after a first period in which he allowed two goals on five shots. But Florida scored on their first shot against backup Dany Sabourin - and tallied three against him on 12 second-period shots before Fleury returned for the third.

Fedotenko gave Pittsburgh its only sign of life with an unassisted goal at 1:37 of the second. McCabe (his seventh of the season) and Zednik (fifth) scored power-play goals 2:21 apart midway through the period, and Horton scored on a breakaway during a 4-on-4 situation 90 seconds after Crosby and McLean fought.

Frolik made it 6-1 when he scored on a delayed Penguins' penalty call 4:14 into the third.

Keith Ballard, Cory Stillman and Stephen Weiss each had two assists for the Panthers.

Notes: Crosby entered the game with 30 penalty minutes this season. ... Penguins C Tyler Kennedy played for the first time since Dec. 3. He had been out with a sprained knee. ... Pittsburgh was 0-for-3 on the power play, extending the team's streak to 24 consecutive futile power plays over the past six games. ... The Penguins have six of seven and seven of nine at Mellon Arena and have nine losses there this season after losing only 10 times at home all of last season.

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