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Olsen scores 1st NHL goal, Panthers beat Jets 5-2

Created: 12/05/2013 11:06 PM WHEC.com

(AP) SUNRISE, Fla. - Dylan Olsen scored his first NHL goal to help the Florida Panthers beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Thursday night.

Jimmy Hayes, Nick Bjugstad, Tomas Fleischmann and Erik Gudbranson also scored for the Panthers. Tim Thomas stopped 29 shots and Scottie Upshall had two assists. Olsen also added an assist.

Olli Jokinen and Andrew Ladd scored for Winnipeg. Ondrej Pavelec made 21 saves.

The Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak and earned their first points during that span.

Olsen broke a 1-all tie at 3:31 of the second period when his wrist shot from the slot beat Pavelec. Upshall got his 100th career assist on the play.

The Panthers went ahead 3-1 when Fleischmann scored with 2:01 left in the second. A shot by Mike Weaver bounced off Pavelec’s blocker, and Fleischmann poked in the rebound.

Florida stretched its lead to 4-1 at 5:37 of the third. Bjugstad wrapped the puck around from behind the net and bounced it off Pavelec’s leg and into the net.

Jokinen, on his 35th birthday, made it 4-2 with 7:15 left in the game when he put the puck through Thomas’ pads from in front.

Hayes scored with 2:44 remaining on a breakaway to make it 5-2.

The Jets took a 1-0 lead on Ladd’s goal 5:27 in. Bryan Little passed from the right side to Ladd in front, and he wristed it into an open net. Little leads the Jets with 27 points.

The Panthers tied it on Gudbranson’s goal. His slap shot from just beyond the right circle rifled past Pavelec on the stick side at 14:02 of the first.

The Panthers had a goal disallowed on video review at 6:58 in the first when it was ruled that the puck and the goalie were both pushed into the net.

NOTES: Thomas made his 11,000th NHL save during the first period. ... Panthers RW Tomas Kopecky returned from injured reserve after missing five games with an upper-body injury. ... D Dmitry Kulikov was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch last Tuesday against Ottawa. ... Jets LW Evander Kane missed his second game with a lower-body injury. ... RW Michael Frolik was a late scratch by the Jets with flu-like symptoms.



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