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A bad start cost the Chicago Blackhawks their eight-game winning streak.

David Booth had a goal and an assist in Florida's three-goal first period, and the Panthers held off the defending Stanley Cup champions 3-2 on Tuesday night, handing Chicago its first loss since Feb. 18.

Tomas Vokoun stopped 37 shots as Florida snapped a season-high five-game losing streak and gave coach Pete DeBoer his 100th NHL win.

"It was a nice win," DeBoer said. "I was happy for our guys. We came out ready to play, we had a good first (period). Obviously, the second and third, they cranked it up another notch. We didn't try and do anything differently, we didn't try and sit back, they're that good a team.

"We bent, but didn't break and got some big saves at the end."

DeBoer also appreciated the fact that his team beat the defending Stanley Cup champs.

"It's nice to get the win," DeBoer said, "but it's also nice for us to see the level we're going to have to get to as an organization down the road.

"You saw in the second period with (Jonathan) Toews and Kane and (Patrick) Sharp and Hossa and (Duncan) Keith and (Brent) Seabrook, they cranked it up," DeBoer said. "They were at a different level than us. That was obvious, and it's a good lesson for all of us."

Booth, Clay Wilson and Marty Reasoner scored in the opening 20 minutes as the Panthers routed Corey Crawford, who was attempting to tie a franchise record with his ninth consecutive victory.

"It just seemed like everything they were shooting was going in," said Crawford, who was making his 12th consecutive starts. "It was just one of those games where it wasn't going my way."

Marty Turco replaced Crawford after one period but didn't have much to do -- Chicago outshot Florida 29-7 in the final 40 minutes and 39-15 for the game. The 15 shots represented a season low for the Panthers.

"I've been around a while and I don't know if I've ever seen a bigger lesson to be learned than I did tonight," Turco said. "Whatever it is we thought to ourselves or did, changed after one period. It was one heck of a wake-up call. The way we played (the last two periods) was unreal, but sometimes it's disappointing. Why can't we play like that all the time?"

The Hawks came out on fire in the second period, outshooting Florida 15-3 and getting goals from Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane to make it a one-goal game.

Chicago outshot Florida 14-4 in the third, but Vokoun was perfect as he improved to 8-3-0 in his last 11 decisions against the Hawks.

"They're a great team," Vokoun said. "You look at what they've done for a little while. They're kicking into a whole other playoff gear lately. We battled hard and obviously it wasn't pretty, but it's a big win. It's good for the psyche in the locker room, get guys a little bit up and excited. We need it."

Booth opened the scoring at 4:06 after a turnover at the Chicago blue line. Michal Repik stole the puck, skated in and took a slap shot. Crawford made the save, but Booth put in the rebound.

Wilson, playing in only his fourth NHL game this season, made it 2-0 at 9:44, picking up the carom of Niclas Bergfors' blocked shot and firing a wrister that deflected off Chicago center Ryan Johnson and past Crawford.

Reasoner capped the big period when he grabbed a loose puck in the high slot and fired a wrist shot over Crawford's glove hand with 6.9 seconds left.

"We can beat any team in this League, it seems like, or play with any team," Booth said. "It's just we've got to do it on a consistent basis. That team is really good, but we got off to a good start and that was huge for us."

Kane got the Hawks on the board 11:03 into the second period when he tapped in Brian Campbell's pass from behind the net. Hossa made it 3-2 at 13:48 with his 30th goal in 46 career games against Florida. He one-timed Dave Bolland's pass and beat Vokoun from near the left faceoff dot.

But in the end, the Hawks paid for their bad start.

"It was all about the first period and the start of the game," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "They outworked us. We had lazy habits and probably extended our shifts and the result is three goals. They were all preventable goals.

"If you're looking for an easy game, you're not going to find it in this League."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

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