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Jagr's third-period goal lifts Panthers past Flames

by Alain Poupart /

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jaromir Jagr came up big to help the Florida Panthers snap their five-game losing streak.

Jagr scored the tiebreaking goal at 8:11 of the third period and had an assist, helping the Panthers defeat the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Tuesday at BB&T Center.

"Well-timed," Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. "He had a real nice assist and a nice goal and that's what we need from our guys. It wasn't a perfect game, but it was a game we fought for and a game we really needed."

Jagr scored on a shot along the ice past the glove of Flames goaltender Karri Ramo after getting the puck in front of the net and stickhandling around two defenders. It was the 729th goal of his NHL career; he is two behind Marcel Dionne for fourth place on the NHL's all-time list.

"It's a game of mistakes,"���Flames coach Bob Hartley said of the winning goal. "[The puck] got to the wrong guy. He can certainly be a difference-maker and that's what he was tonight."

Jagr's two-point night snapped a four-game pointless streak.

Vincent Trocheck, Reilly Smith and Aaron Ekblad also scored for the Panthers (6-6-3), who hadn't won since defeating the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 at home on Oct. 27.

Despite ending their losing streak, the Panthers held a players-only meeting after the game.

"We feel that we didn't play our best hockey,"���goalie Roberto Luongo said. "Fortunately, we didn't pay for it tonight. But under different circumstances, we probably don't win this game. That's the sign of a good team. You can't be satisfied with a win; you want to be satisfied with the process. We made some mistakes, but we also scored some big goals. We're happy with the win, no doubt, but at the same time we realize that we need to be better."

Luongo made 25 saves, including a spectacular glove save on a slap shot from the high slot by defenseman Kris Russell with 6:12 remaining. It came seconds after Trocheck hit the post on a deflection and the goal light went on, although the referee immediately waved his arms to signal no goal.

"I wasn't sure, but I���saw the ref wave his arms right away,"���Luongo said. "Next thing you know [Flames forward Johnny]���Gaudreau is barreling down [the ice]. Somebody made a good backcheck there; I'm not sure who it was. Thank God it didn't end up in the back of our net because that would have been a pretty tough way to get scored on there."

Jussi Jokinen had two assists for the Panthers. Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida's scoring leader last season with 54 points, had an assist but remained without a goal in 15 games.

David Jones had two goals for Calgary (5-10-1), which saw its two-game winning streak end. Sean Monahan scored late in the second period to tie the game at 3-3.

"It certainly wasn't our best defensive game,"���Jones said. "We turned a lot of pucks over tonight. At some point it was bad bounces on the boards, but overall they did a better job in those areas of creating chances through turnovers. I don't know if it was a step back, but it certainly wasn't our best game."

Ramo, making his fifth consecutive start, made 25 saves.

Florida is 6-0-0 when scoring more than two goals; 0-6-3 when scoring two or fewer. The Panthers scored a total of seven goals during their five-game losing streak.

Jagr's goal was Florida's first in the third period since the game against Colorado.

"We had chances in the third that we just couldn't finish off,"���Hartley said. "We had some great looks. They had a chance and got the winning goal out of it. We had everything set to get a big road win but didn't capitalize on our chances. They did on theirs."

The game was tied 3-3 entering the third period after the Flames erased a 3-1 deficit.

Jones got Calgary within 3-2 at 6:35 of the second on a breakaway after getting a great outlet pass from Matt Stajan. Luongo got his glove on Jones' wrist shot, but the puck trickled into the net.

Monahan tied it at 18:32 with a power-play goal. With Huberdeau in the penalty box for tripping, Monahan put home a loose puck in front of the net after TJ Brodie's wrist shot from the point bounced off teammate Jiri Hudler.

Trocheck opened the scoring 5:16 into the game when the NHL's top-ranked home power play struck. With Russell in the box for interference, Trocheck put home a backhand after Ramo couldn't control Jokinen's seemingly harmless wrist shot from the left circle.

Calgary tied it at 7:13, taking advantage of a turnover in the neutral zone when Huberdeau collided with teammate Brian Campbell at center ice. Joe Colborne grabbed the loose puck and after his back pass went off the skate of Ekblad, Jones put a shot past Luongo on the stick side.

Smith gave Florida a 2-1 lead at 15:43 when he scored on a rebound after Trocheck won a faceoff in the Calgary zone. Ekblad made it 3-1 at 3:53 of the second when he one-timed Jagr's nifty pass across the front of the net behind Ramo.

Center Dave Bolland returned to the Florida lineup after missing two games because of a hand injury. Calgary forward Micheal Ferland returned after missing eight games because of a knee injury.

Florida, which began a stretch of seven out of eight games at home, hosts the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. Calgary began a four-game road trip that continues Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"We won; that's a good thing,"���������Jagr said. "We feel like we didn't play our best. We have those seven home games, we have to make sure we play our best hockey and get some wins together. A���������win is good, but everybody felt like we should play a little better."

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