Jokinen's hat trick power the Panthers


Published: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

SUNRISE — Olli Jokinen scored three goals to help the Florida Panthers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Wednesday night.

It was Jokinen's third career hat trick and his second this season. Jozef Stumpel and Martin Gelinas each had a goal and two assists for Florida, which improved to 4-0-1 in its last five at home.

The Panthers have won 14 of their last 15 against Pittsburgh, including a 2-0 mark this season.

Evgeni Malkin and Colby Armstrong scored for Pittsburgh, which has lost three in a row after winning three straight.

BLUES 3, DEVILS 2

Dallas Drake scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and Manny Legace made 24 saves to lead visiting St. Louis.

Keith Tkachuk and Dan Hinote also scored for the Blues, who won their second game in two nights, both on the road. Legace held off the Devils in the third period, stopping all 13 shots — including Brian Rafalski's slap shot through a screen in the final seconds.

SABRES 2, BLACKHAWKS 1

Ryan Miller made 34 saves and Jochen Hecht and Maxim Afinogenov scored to lead visiting Buffalo to a win over slumping Chicago.

Miller wasn't heavily tested by sputtering Chicago, which lost its fourth straight. He lost a bid for his second shutout of the season when Denis Arkhipov scored a short-handed goal with 49.1 seconds left in the game.

The Sabres improved to 7-2-1 in their last 10 with their second straight win. They have 65 points, tied with Anaheim for the league lead.

Chicago is 1-6-0 in its last seven games following a 9-3-3 stretch immediately after Denis Savard took over as coach on Nov. 27.

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