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Thrashers lose to Panthers in OT
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SUNRISE, Fla. — Nathan Horton scored a power-play goal 4:36 into overtime, giving the Florida Panthers a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.

Brett McLean added two power-play goals for Florida, which matched a season high with its fourth straight win.

Both of McLean’s goals bounced in off Atlanta players.

Bryan Little and Ilya Kovalchuk scored power-play goals for Atlanta, which snapped a nine-game losing streak Friday with a shootout victory over Minnesota.

Kovalchuk has scored in all five games this season against the Panthers.

Florida went back to All-Star goalie Tomas Vokoun after backup Craig Anderson played three straight games, including recording back-to-back shutouts on the road. Vokoun finished with 25 saves after giving up a goal on his first shot.

Atlanta’s Kari Lehtonen stopped 38 shots.

Horton scored during 4-on-3 play during overtime when he put a slap shot from the right circle over Lehtonen’s left shoulder.

Florida, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit, dominated overtime with a 6-1 shots advantage.

Little opened the scoring 2:12 into the game after Mark Recchi’s pass from behind the net got past Vokoun.

Kovalchuk doubled the Thrashers’ lead by sending a trickler through Vokoun’s legs.

Florida made it 2-1 at 18:32 of the first. Lehtonen made a pad save on McLean’s wrist shot, but the rebound bounced in off the skate of Thrashers defenseman Ken Klee.

McLean scored again at 8:40 of the second when his flip from the back of the net went in off the back of Lehtonen’s leg.

Notes: Florida also won four in a row from Nov. 19-28. ... Olli Jokinen’s assists on Florida’s last two goals made him the Panthers’ career leader with 230. Robert Svehla had held the mark. ... Atlanta C Todd White missed his second consecutive game because of a shoulder injury sustained Wednesday against Carolina. He had missed the previous two games because of an elbow injury.

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