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Jagr scores No. 732, Panthers edge Canucks

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Aleksander Barkov scored the shootout winner and Jaromir Jagr moved into fourth place on the all-time NHL scoring list when the Florida Panthers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-4 at BB&T Center on Sunday.

Jagr's 732nd goal broke a tie with Marcel Dionne. The goal came with 11.5 seconds remaining in the first period with the Panthers on a power play. Jagr took a cross-ice pass from Barkov and one-timed it past Canucks goalie Ryan Miller at the side of the net to tie the game 2-2.

"That goal was sweet and the win was even sweeter," Jagr told the Panthers website. "We have to make sure we can win more game before the Christmas break. ... It was a little bit tough. We had tough bounces today but we didn't give up and waited for the perfect opportunity to win the hockey game.

"I've played with a lot of great players. That's what makes it a lot easier for me. I started in Pittsburgh with great players and hopefully I'll finish here with great players."

The Panthers (18-12-4) have won four straight games and are 12-0-1 when scoring at least three goals.

"It was good thing to win the game and get two points," Barkov said. "It was a pretty tough game for us tonight. We scored four goals and that has to be enough to win the game. We were not that good in the defensive zone."

Miller left the game after Brandon Pirri scored against him in the shootout. Backup Jacob Markstrom entered the game and denied Jonathan Huberdeau before allowing the eventual winner to Barkov. Miller made 38 saves, including eight in overtime.

Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said after the game Miller was cramping up, but "should be fine."

Each team scored twice in the first period and twice in the second.

Jannik Hansen scored his 10th of the season 6:32 into the first period on the Canucks' second shot of the game to make it 1-0. Vancouver had two one-goal leads in the first period.

"You always want to get the extra point. It's frustrating," Hansen told the Canucks website. "Obviously our 3-on-3 wasn't the best. They had a lot of puck possession but you still have a chance in the shootout you want to get the extra point and we haven't [gotten most] of those lately."

Shawn Thornton's first goal of the season and first since Nov. 24, 2014 (48 games), tied the game 1-1 at 12:26. He took a pass from Connor Brickley and his shot from the slot went past Miller. The Canucks challenged that the play was offsides, but the goal was upheld after a video review.

"It's been a while. I think I had like 30 shots," Thornton said. "Finally one went in. Not that all my shots are scoring chances but I've been a little snake-bitten. It was nice to chip in. Of course we had to wait about five minutes to figure out if it counted or not but sounds about right with me."

Sven Baertschi gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead at 15:29 with a wrist shot that went over Roberto Luongo's shoulder. He took a pass from Bo Horvat and converted from in close while falling to the ice.

Vincent Trocheck gave the Panthers a 3-2 lead 5:38 into the second period, but Derek Dorsett tied the game 31 seconds later. Luongo was unable to cover Dorsett's original shot, which went to the side of the net, where Dorsett put in in the empty net.

Aaron Ekblad scored Florida's second power-play goal of the game at 8:31 assisted by Jagr and Huberdeau to give the Panthers their second one-goal lead, 4-3.

Daniel Sedin tied the game 4-4 with 5:20 remaining in the second period.

The Canucks (12-14-9) are 1-3-1 on their six-game road trip, which concludes against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

"We are not happy about a 5-4 loss," Daniel Sedin told the Canucks website. "We can't let them score four goals. We aren't going to win a lot of games that way."

Luongo made 36 saves for the Panthers, who are 10-3-0 in their past 13 games.

"It's been a real good run," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. "We have one more huge game coming up here Tuesday before the break. ... We battled back the last 20 games have been really good for our club."

The Canucks were without captain Henrik Sedin for the second straight game because of a lower-body injury.

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