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Ville Peltonen scores twice to lift Panthers past Thrashers 8-4

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SUNRISE, Fla. - Ville Peltonen scored twice in a five-goal third-period outburst that lifted the Florida Panthers to an 8-4 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday.

Michael Frolik, Jay Bouwmeester, Radek Dvorak, Cory Stillman, David Booth and Nathan Horton also scored for the Panthers, who are 4-0-1 in their last five games. Dvorak also had two assists.

The Panthers set a season high with the eight goals. They have scored 27 goals in their last five games.

Colby Armstrong, Todd White, Erik Christensen and Ilya Kovalchuk scored for Atlanta, which has lost three of four. White and Vyacheslav Kozlov each had two assists.

Tomas Vokoun made 28 saves for Florida.

Atlanta's Kari Lehtonen stopped 20 of 27 shots before being pulled after Peltonen's second goal at 12:01 of the third.

Atlanta had a goal disallowed in the first period. Defenceman Nathan Oystrick's slap shot got past Vokoun, but Thrashers forward Chris Thornburn was penalized for goalie interference.

Peltonen broke a 3-3 tie at 1:34 of the third period, six seconds after the end of a Panthers power play. His one-timer off a feed from Dvorak beat Lehtonen to the glove side.

Peltonen's second goal, which made it 7-3, was a carbon copy. The only difference was this time he scored off a pass from Gregory Campbell.

Stillman followed Peltonen's first goal by scoring at 2:42 of the third period to make it 5-3. He beat Lehtonen low to the glove side with a wrist shot from the off wing.

Booth made it 6-3 thanks to some pretty three-way passing involving Nathan Horton and Richard Zednik. Booth carried the puck into the zone on a 3-on-2 and dropped it back to Horton. Horton passed to Zednik to the right of the net, and Zednik sent the puck across the crease to Booth, who tipped it home.

Kovalchuk got one back for Atlanta with 6:35 remaining, but Horton answered to make it 8-4 with 5:04 left.

Florida took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission thanks to Frolik's goal on a penalty shot and Dvorak's short-handed goal.

Frolik was awarded the penalty shot when he was hooked from behind by defenceman Niclas Havelid. His shot off a deke sneaked between Lehtonen's blocker and pad.

Dvorak scored with 11 seconds left in the period with a long slap shot. He shot with the puck rolling on its edge and his floater beat Lehtonen over his left shoulder.

Atlanta tied the game with two second-period goals.

White scored on a power-play at 3:53 when he took a pass at the side of the net and jammed home the puck between Vokoun's legs.

Christensen tied it at 16:26 when he came in alone on Vokoun and put on the brakes while Vokoun went down. Christensen then put home a short wrister into the open net.

Notes: Florida's previous high for goals came in last Sunday s 6-1 victory at Pittsburgh. ... C Bryan Little, Atlanta's leading goal scorer, missed his third consecutive game because of bruised ribs. ... Booth's goal extended his career-high point streak to eight games. He has six goals and six assists during the streak. ... Kovalchuk's goal gave him 27 in 41 career games against Florida.

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