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Panthers top struggling Thrashers
Atlanta Thrashers forward Jim Slater (23), top, holds Florida Panthers center Marty Reasoner (19) to the the ice during the first period Wednesday in Atlanta - photo by The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Stephen Weiss and Radek Dvorak scored second-period goals and Tomas Vokoun stopped 38 shots and the Florida Panthers beat the slumping Atlanta Thrashers 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Vokoun has allowed only one goal in each of his three straight wins in a span of a week.

The Panthers have won three of their past four and ended a streak of three straight losses in Atlanta.

The Thrashers suffered their sixth loss in their past seven games since a 4-3 win at Florida on Nov. 3.

Poor defense has hurt the Thrashers.

Zach Bogosian's first goal of the season, a long shot from the right point, gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead in the first period.

Vokoun denied the Thrashers the rest of the way.

A 6-4 loss at Washington on Sunday marked the third game in the last five the Thrashers gave up five or more goals.

Atlanta entered Wednesday night's game last in the league with its average of 37.1 shots allowed, a trend that continues to put too much pressure on goaltenders Ondrej Pavelec and Chris Mason.

Pavelec made 32 stops but surrendered the lead in the second period under a barrage of 16 shots, including goals by Weiss and Dvorak.

Dvorak's goal on the Panthers' 29th shot of the night gave Florida a 2-1 lead with 1:57 remaining.

Weiss answered for the Panthers 1:13 into the second period by scoring as Pavelec lunged forward for the block, leaving the net exposed.

Pavelec started after Mason allowed a combined eight goals in his past two games.

Florida's only penalty was a slashing call against Dvorak early in the second period. The Panthers were 0 for 3 on their power play.

Notes: The Panthers earned only their third win in eight games against Atlanta since the start of the 2009-10 season. ... Thrashers D Dustin Byfuglien did not return after having a shot at close range hit his right leg late in the opening period. The Thrashers did not release details of the injury. ... Former Thrashers C Marty Reasoner started for Florida. ... Attendance was 10,168.

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