Posted January 21, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Kris Versteeg scored two goals and added an assist for the Florida Panthers, who snapped an eight-game, road-losing streak with a 4-3 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night. Mikael Samuelsson scored the Panthers' winning goal of the shootout, which used 14 skaters. Mike Santorelli also scored in regulation for Florida (22-15-10), which also ended a four-game skid. Winnipeg (22-20-6) got two goals from Nik Antropov, Alexander Burmistrov added one, and Kyle Wellwood had two assists. Scott Clemmensen stopped 41 shots for the win. Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec made 23 saves. Versteeg opened the scoring at 5:40 of the first period with a high backhand that went past Pavelec. It was Versteeg's team-leading 18th goal, but first in 10 games. He had gone four games without a point. Santorelli's goal was reviewed, but stood as his sixth of the season with 16 seconds left in the first period. Winnipeg had a two-man advantage for 53 seconds in the first period, but Clemmensen helped kill it. Antropov scored a power-play goal at 5:06 of the second after Wellwood circled behind the net and fed a pass to him in front of the crease. The Jets had outshot the Panthers 30-17 through two periods. Winnipeg tied it at 5:54 of the third on Antropov's second goal, but 57 seconds later Versteeg took advantage of a Jets turnover to notch his second of the game and give Florida a 3-2 lead. The Jets tied it again when Burmistrov's wrist shot went just inside the post at 13:45. The Jets were without leading goal scorer Evander Kane, who told the team's medical staff on Friday that he was having headaches, and was diagnosed with a concussion. It is not known when or how he was injured. NOTES: Jets RW Tim Stapleton sat out, but Winnipeg had D Zach Bogosian back after he missed five games because of an undisclosed lower body injury. ... The Jets will play their next six games on the road, and won't play at home until Feb. 7. ... The Panthers were outshot 40-20 during regulation.
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