Florida at Atlanta

Thrashers 4, Panthers 2

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ATLANTA -- Niclas Bergfors didn't waste any time scoring his first goal with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Bergfors scored the go-ahead goal with 4:26 left and the Thrashers beat the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Saturday to end a three-game losing streak.

Bergfors, playing his second game for the Thrashers after joining the team in a trade that sent superstar Ilya Kovalchuk to New Jersey, scored on a 15-foot blast that went between goalie Tomas Vokoun's legs. Bergfors had 14 goals this season.

"It had been a month since I scored a goal," he said. "It was great. It means a lot."

Actually, it was more like five weeks. His last goal came was Dec. 30 against Pittsburgh.

He played his first game with Atlanta in a 5-2 loss at Washington on Friday night. He still hasn't practiced with the team.

"It's nice to get practice, but it doesn't necessarily mean that much," said Bergfors, a rookie who was a first round pick by the Penguins (23rd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

"Very opportunist," said Atlanta coach John Anderson of Bergfors. "I was telling him after the second period, don't be afraid to be a hero. Lo and behold. Great shot, great play."

Evander Kane added an empty-net goal for Atlanta, his 12th, with 1:14 left.

Radek Dvorak scored twice in the first period to give Florida a 2-0 lead, but the Thrashers' Max Afinogenov and Bryan Little countered in the second.

"We had the game under control. We were up by two goals, then the game shifted a little bit to their side," Dvorak said.

Dvorak, scoreless in his previous 15 games after scoring three goals in a 6-2 win over Pittsburgh on Jan. 3, got his first goal at 6:18 of the opening period. He directed a shot by Jordan Leopold past goalie Johan Hedberg. Dvorak added his 11th with 3:15 left, knocking in a rebound of a blast from Kamil Kreps.

"We have to keep pushing and pressing and play our game," he said. "In the end, it's 4-2. We have to learn from that."

Afinogenov got the Thrashers on the board with a power-play goal 3:49 into the second period, beating Vokoun from in close for his 18th goal. Little tied it at 2 with his ninth goal on a rebound of a shot by Tobias Enstrom at 8:39.

Nik Antropov assisted on all three Atlanta goals.

The Panthers lost their third straight and fourth in five games.


The game, scheduled to start at 7 p.m., was delayed until 7:53 p.m. when the Thrashers had problems returning to Atlanta from Washington due to snow. The Thrashers, who lost 5-2 at Washington on Friday night, took a four-hour bus ride to Richmond, Va., including a minor accident with a truck on I-95 before taking a charter flight to Atlanta. It landed just before 6 p.m. "It was an interesting day to say the least," said Anderson. ... Vokoun started his 18th consecutive game for the Panthers. ... Florida was 0 for 7 on power plays.

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Florida (24-25-9)2002
Atlanta  (25-24-8) «0224
Three Stars
N. Bergfors

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
N. Antropov

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
J. Oduya

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
06:18Radek Dvorak (11), Tip-In. Assist: Leopold, Campbell
16:45Radek Dvorak (12), Backhand Shot. Assist: Kreps
03:49Power Play - Maxim Afinogenov (18), Slap Shot. Assist: Kubina, Antropov
08:39Bryan Little (9), Backhand Shot. Assist: Enstrom, Antropov
15:34Niclas Bergfors (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Antropov, Kubina
18:46Evander Kane (12), Empty Net, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
11:44Tarnasky, 2 min, Boarding
14:38Kane, 2 min, Interference
02:20Hainsey, 2 min, Tripping
02:46Leopold, 2 min, Holding the Stick
03:26McCabe, 2 min, Slashing
04:42Hainsey, 5 min, Fighting
04:42Ballard, 5 min, Fighting
06:56Tarnasky, 10 min, Misconduct
11:02Kane, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
13:39Enstrom, 2 min, Tripping
17:18Bogosian, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
17:18Moore, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
19:46Bogosian, 5 min, Fighting
19:46Moore, 5 min, Fighting
19:46Armstrong, 2 min, Roughing
59.0Reinprecht, 2 min, Tripping
06:51Afinogenov, 2 min, Hooking
10:48Kubina, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
Shots On Goal
Tomas Vokoun59:47313
Johan Hedberg59:49262
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Referees - Stephane Auger, Dan O'Rourke
Linesmen - Tony Sericolo, Brian Mach
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