Jokinen scored two of his three goals during Florida's four-goal
first period and the Panthers snapped a 12-game losing streak by
beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 on Friday night.
"It's been a rough month," Jokinen said. "You read every day
in the newspaper and see the numbers to see what the losing streak
is. It's over now. It's a good feeling."
Kristian Huselius, Gary Roberts and Stephen Weiss also scored
for Florida, which avoided tying the franchise record for
consecutive losses. The Panthers had been 0-8-4 since winning 4-3
at Pittsburgh on Oct. 25.
Jokinen scored his ninth goal, a wrist shot to Thibault's high
glove side, at 13:34 of the first.
Crosby took advantage of a lapse by Florida's defense to score
from right in front of Luongo 48 seconds into the second. The
rookie was alone when he took Palffy's pass.
Christensen scored at 8:00 of the second to pull Pittsburgh
within 4-3. Panthers coach Jacques Martin then used his timeout.
"The purpose was to relax our guys and get them back to
focus," Martin said. "We worked hard and we wanted to make
Pittsburgh earn it."
Jokinen and Weiss scored two minutes apart midway through the
period to give Florida a 6-3 lead.
"We knew they were a dangerous team, we knew they were in the
slide they have been in," Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk said. "We
were in a similar slide early in the season."
Jokinen's third goal, at 10:56 of the second, came on a 2-on-1
with Chris Gratton. Jokinen, skating in on the right, one-timed
Gratton's pass into the net.
Despite Florida's two goals in the first three minutes, the
arena scoreboard showed 0-0 until 12:20 remained in the first
period. ... Pittsburgh has failed to score first in 17 of 23 games.
... Hall of Fame D Bobby Orr was at the game.
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Arena: BB&T Center Location: Sunrise, Florida
Referees: Don Koharski, Rob Martell Linesmen: Tim Nowak, Pierre Racicot
Attendance: 18,124 (94.2% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Kristian Huselius (5)
Assists: Stephen Weiss, Lukas Krajicek
Olli Jokinen (7)
Assists: Sean Hill, Roberto Luongo
Zigmund Palffy (10)
Assist: Erik Christensen
Gary Roberts (4)
Assist: Chris Gratton
Olli Jokinen (8)
(Shorthanded) Assist: Joel Kwiatkowski
Sidney Crosby (12)
Assist: Zigmund Palffy
Erik Christensen (4)
Assist: Zigmund Palffy
Olli Jokinen (9)
Assists: Gary Roberts, Chris Gratton