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Panthers earn win with 10.2 left in OT

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October 13, 2002

ATLANTA -- Olli Jokinen already is ahead of his normal pace.

Jokinen scored off a rebound with 10.2 seconds left in overtime and the Florida Panthers overcame a hat trick by Shawn McEachern to beat the Thrashers 5-4 Saturday night.

The teams were skating 3-on-3 after penalties five seconds apart in the extra period. Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo was called for delay of game, and Ilya Kovalchuk was caught with an illegal stick.

Jokinen also scored the tying goal with 8:37 left in regulation on the power play, corralling the puck near the crease after an errant pass and beating Pasi Nurminen with a backhander.

"It's been a very good start to the season," Jokinen said. "Two points already; usually I get my first goal around Christmas."

The Panthers went 3-for-5 with the man advantage in regulation.

PENGUINS 6, RANGERS 0: Mario Lemieux scored his first two goals since late January and Aleksey Morozov had two goals in the opening six minutes as host Pittsburgh bounced back from its worst opening game loss.

Defenseman Dick Tarnstrom, scratched from the Penguins' 6-0 loss Thursday to Toronto, added a goal and two assists as Pittsburgh opened a 4-0 lead with 61/2 minutes left in the first period.

Penguins goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin, replacing opening game starter Johan Hedberg, turned aside 30 shots for his first victory at home since March 10, 2001, and his first shutout since Feb. 14, 2000, against Vancouver. He won three times last season but is 7-1-2 in his career against the Rangers.

SENATORS 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1: Petr Schastlivy scored on a power play with 22 seconds left, sending Ottawa past Toronto and spoiling the Maple Leafs' home opener. Patrick Lalime made 22 saves for the Senators, who have been knocked out of the playoffs by the Maple Leafs the past three seasons.

CAPITALS 2, ISLANDERS 1: Jaromir Jagr scored a power-play goal with 4:36 left, lifting visiting Washington to a victory over New York in a game in which the Capitals had only 14 shots. Calle Johansson's poorly struck shot trickled to Jagr near the right post. He sent the puck toward goalie Chris Osgood, who got his right pad on it but knocked it into the net.

SABRES 6, CANADIENS 1: Taylor Pyatt scored twice and Martin Biron made 19 saves as Buffalo beat Montreal in the Canadiens' home opener. Tim Connolly, Miroslav Satan, Jochen Hecht and Vaclav Varada also scored as the Sabres beat league MVP Jose Theodore for all six goals.

DEVILS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2: Patrik Elias scored the winning goal with 7:40 remaining for New Jersey in its home opener. Sergei Brylin and Mike Danton also scored for the Devils, who opened the season with consecutive wins for the first time since 1995.

OILERS 3, PREDATORS 2: Mike Comrie scored midway through the third as Edmonton beat Nashville in the Predators' home opener. Nashville, which failed to win its first home game for a fifth straight season, took the first seven shots of the third without breaking a tie at 2.

WILD 2, BLUES 2: Andrew Brunette scored with 15.4 seconds left in the third to lead visiting Minnesota to an overtime tie. Brunette, stationed in front of the net, converted a pass from Marian Gaborik with Wild goaltender Dwayne Roloson on the bench for a sixth attacker. It was Brunette's second goal of the season.

CAPITALS: Goalie Craig Billington was recalled from Portland, and goalie Sebastien Charpentier was returned to the AHL team.

MAPLE LEAFS: Goalie Ed Belfour missed the home opener because of an infected right index finger. Toronto coach Pat Quinn said Belfour scratched his finger while taking off equipment after a preseason game Oct. 5 and aggravated it Thursday.

RANGERS: Center Eric Lindros was suspended for one game for high-sticking Canadiens defenseman Stephane Quintal. Lindros sat out Saturday night's game at Pittsburgh. Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, he also forfeited a game's pay -- $13,333.33 -- that will be donated to the players' emergency fund.

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