Sunday, January 11, 2009
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SUNRISE, Fla. - Ville Peltonen scored twice in a five-goal third-period outburst that lifted the Florida Panthers to an 8-4 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday.
Michael Frolik, Jay Bouwmeester, Radek Dvorak, Cory Stillman, David Booth and Nathan Horton also scored for the Panthers, who are 4-0-1 in their last five games. Dvorak also had two assists.
The Panthers set a season high with the eight goals. They have scored 27 goals in their last five games.
Colby Armstrong, Todd White, Erik Christensen and Ilya Kovalchuk scored for Atlanta, which has lost three of four. White and Vyacheslav Kozlov each had two assists.
Tomas Vokoun made 28 saves for Florida.
Atlanta's Kari Lehtonen stopped 20 of 27 shots before being pulled after Peltonen's second goal at 12:01 of the third.
Atlanta had a goal disallowed in the first period. Defenseman Nathan Oystrick's slap shot got past Vokoun, but Thrashers forward Chris Thornburn was penalized for goalie interference.
Peltonen broke a 3-3 tie at 1:34 of the third period, 6 seconds after the end of a Panthers power play. His one-timer off a feed from Dvorak beat Lehtonen to the glove side.