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Associated Press, Published January 31 2013

Panthers net five goals in 3rd period to beat Winnipeg Jets

SUNRISE, Fla. – Alex Kovalev scored the go-ahead goal during Florida’s five-goal outburst in the third period, helping the Panthers rally for a 6-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

Kris Versteeg, Peter Mueller, Jonathan Huberdeau and Tomas Kopecky also scored in the third frame for the Panthers, who scored four unanswered goals in the final 8:40 after falling behind 3-2. Brian Campbell also scored and Jose Theodore stopped 21 shots to help Florida snap a five-game losing streak with its first win since the season opener on Jan. 19.

Tobias Enstrom, Olli Jokinen and Grant Clitsome scored as the Jets dropped their second in a row following a three-game win streak. Ondrej Pavelev had 28 saves for Winnipeg.

Trailing 3-2, Florida tied it at 3 on a goal by Mueller. Pavelev made a glove save on a shot by Filip Kuba but the puck bounced out and Mueller grabbed it and poked it in at 11:20.

The Panthers went ahead 4-3 on the power play just over a minute later when Kovalev’s shot from the slot beat Pavelev. Florida then stretched its lead to 5-3 at 15:29 when Huberdeau’s weak shot bounced off a defenseman and into the net. Kopecky added a power-play goal late in the third for the final margin.

Winnipeg 0 1 2 – 3

Florida 0 1 5 – 6

Second period: 1, Florida, Campbell 3 (Fleischmann, Kopecky), 5:14 (pp). 2, Winnipeg, Clitsome 1 (Ladd, Postma), 16:11.

Third period: 3, Winnipeg, Jokinen 2 (Wheeler), 1:23. 4, Florida, Versteeg 1 (Fleischmann, Kulikov), 3:34. 5, Winnipeg, Enstrom 1 (Kane), 7:38. 6, Florida, Mueller 3 (Kuba, Huberdeau), 11:20 (pp). 7, Florida, Kovalev 2 (Fleischmann, Kopecky), 12:37 (pp). 8, Florida, Huberdeau 2, 15:29. 9, Florida, Kopecky 2, 18:32 (en).

Shots on Goal – Winnipeg 8-8-9 – 25. Florida 16-10-8 – 34.

Goalies: Winnipeg, Pavelec. Florida, Theodore. A – 15,731 (17,040). T – 2:30.