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Weiss nets hat trick, goal in shootout to power Panthers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Stephen Weiss powered the Florida Panthers to a win that snapped a five-game skid on Wednesday night. He didn't have to do it all by himself, though.

Weiss recorded his second NHL hat trick and scored in the shootout to lift the Panthers to a 6-5 victory against the Colorado Avalanche and former teammate Craig Anderson.

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"It was nice to score. [Anderson] is not an easy guy to score on so, yes, you have to be happy about that but it was more important for us to get the two points," Weiss said.

Nathan Horton and Dominic Moore also had goals for the Panthers.

T.J. Galiardi and Matt Duchene both scored for Colorado with less than a minute left in regulation to force overtime. Chris Stewart and Paul Stastny also had goals for Colorado. Duchene netted another goal the second period.

Scott Clemmensen, starting in place of injured Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun, made 29 saves. Vokoun is recovering after he was hit in the head by Florida defenseman Keith Ballard's stick during a bizarre on-ice accident Monday night. Vokoun received stitches on his ear but had no other medical problems.

"The bottom line is we got the win," Clemmensen said. "It was a seesaw battle. Fortunately, we had a hot shooter and he made the difference for us."

Ballard was involved in another scary incident on Wednesday. Charging toward the net with less than a minute left in overtime, Ballard slid toward the net and appeared to collide with Anderson, whose head hit the goal post.

"He wasn't running the goalie," Florida captain Bryan McCabe said. "He either lost an [skate] edge or was hit. He hit him for sure, but didn't mean to. He was on his butt. How can you stop?"

Ballard wasn't available to speak with reporters after Wednesday's game.

Anderson remained on the ice for a few minutes after the collision and was replaced by Peter Budaj. Colorado's Adam Foote pounced on Ballard afterward and a scuffle ensued behind the net. Ballard was penalized for goaltender interference.

Facing his former team for the first time, Anderson stopped 39 shots. Anderson, who spent three seasons with the Panthers, was coming off a 33-save effort in Colorado's 3-0 victory against Tampa Bay on Monday.

Duchene added a goal with 52.6 seconds left in regulation to make it 5-4. With 16 seconds remaining, Galiardi tied it at 5.

"It's tough," Duchene said. "You battle back so hard, you played so hard in the third and the second period. I think we maybe deserved a little better fate."

Stastny scored at 4:49 in the third period to make it 4-3. But at 7:41 in the third, Moore poked the puck into the net during a power play to put the Panthers up 5-3.

Horton's power-play goal gave Florida a 4-2 lead with 3:39 left the second. Horton beat Anderson with a shot from the high slot for his eighth goal.

Colorado scored its first of the night 5:52 into the second period. Clemmensen stopped the initial shot from Duchene, but Stewart tipped in the puck. However, Weiss followed that goal with his third of the night -- a wrist shot at 8:16 in the second that made it 3-1.

Weiss' first hat trick came on Jan. 13, 2007, in Florida's 7-3 victory against Washington. After his third goal Wednesday, play was delayed as caps were cleared from the ice.

Duchene's first of the game came on the power play and cut Florida's lead to one at 11:19 in the second period.

Weiss opened the scoring with a power-play goal with 3:55 remaining in the opening period. With Marek Svatos in the penalty box for tripping, Weiss tipped in the puck. With 1:14 left in the first, he put in a rebound with a wrist shot to make it 2-0.

Notes

  • The Panthers were the only NHL team Anderson had never faced.
  • The Avalanche, who had dropped eight of 10 before Monday's victory, are in the midst of a five-game trip that will wrap up Dec. 7 in St. Louis.
  • Florida recalled C Jeff Taffe, C Mike Duco and G Alexander Salak from Rochester (AHL) and reassigned C Shawn Matthias and LW Steve MacInytre.
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Stephen Weiss scores the decisive goal in the shootout against freshly inserted Peter Budaj.  (AP)
Stephen Weiss scores the decisive goal in the shootout against freshly inserted Peter Budaj. (AP)
Scoreboard
Colorado (15-8-6)02300 (0)5
Florida  (11-12-4) «22101 (1)6
Three Stars
S. Weiss
FLA


Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
N. Horton
FLA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. Duchene
COL


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
16:05Power Play - Stephen Weiss (9), Tip-In. Assist: Reinprecht, McCabe
18:46Stephen Weiss (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Seidenberg, McCabe
2ND PERIOD
05:52Chris Stewart (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Duchene, Wilson
08:16Stephen Weiss (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Horton, Reinprecht
11:19Power Play - Matt Duchene (7), Tip-In. Assist: Stewart, Stastny
16:21Power Play - Nathan Horton (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Reinprecht, Ballard
3RD PERIOD
04:49Paul Stastny (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Stewart, Hannan
07:41Power Play - Dominic Moore (3), Tip-In. Assist: Olesz, Kulikov
19:07Matt Duchene (8), Tip-In. Assist: Stastny, Galiardi
19:44T.J. Galiardi (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Stastny, Quincey
OT
None
2OT
 Stephen Weiss (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
15:51Svatos, 2 min, Tripping
18:39Foote, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
18:39Duco, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
19:57Stewart, 2 min, Boarding
2ND PERIOD
02:59Stastny, 2 min, Holding
10:12Seidenberg, 2 min, Charging
10:49Ballard, 2 min, Tripping
15:46Galiardi, 2 min, Slashing
16:44Kulikov, 2 min, Holding
3RD PERIOD
01:11Campbell, 2 min, Roughing
06:30Clark, 2 min, Interference
08:13Stewart, 5 min, Fighting
08:13Allen, 5 min, Fighting
08:13Stewart, 2 min, Instigator
08:13Stewart, 10 min, Misconduct
10:15Frolik, 4 min, High-Sticking
OT
04:18Ballard, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
04:18Foote, 2 min, Roughing
04:18Foote, 2 min, Roughing
2OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Colorado771731
Florida1914841
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGASO SSO GA
Craig Anderson 62:5439500
Peter Budaj 0:420051
Scott Clemmensen 64:5129550
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Linesmen - Brad Lazarowich, Darren Gibbs
 
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Bos 4
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NJ 2
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