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Lemieux tallies twice for Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) -- Another two-goal deficit, another tie for the
Phoenix Coyotes.

Claude Lemieux scored twice as the Coyotes rallied from two
goals down in the opening minutes to tie the Florida Panthers 3-3
Friday night.

"I had some good opportunities,'' Lemieux said. "But it's
unacceptable to come out like that. It's just awful.''

Shane Doan also scored and Daniel Briere had a pair of assists
for Phoenix, which has tied three straight to match a franchise
record set twice before. The Coyotes are unbeaten in their last
four games overall, including rallying from a two-goal deficit to
tie Dallas on Wednesday.

Olli Jokinen scored his career-best 12th goal, and Stephen Weiss
and Kristian Huselius also scored for the Panthers, who are winless
in their last seven games.

"I think it is obvious that we don't have the skills to put
teams away,'' said Florida coach Mike Keenan, whose Panthers are
3-4-5 in overtime this season. "We had a two-goal lead twice and
if we play with a little more desperation you will get better
results.''

Lemieux tied the game with 14:19 left in the third period when
he took a pass from Radoslav Suchy to the right of the net, faked
goaltender Jani Hurme to the ice and shot the puck between the
goalie's pads for his fifth goal.

"It's not good enough,'' Phoenix coach Bob Francis said.
"Until we tighten things up we're going to be going through these
ups and downs and all arounds. If we're going to play this loose
it's going to be a crap shoot.''

The Panthers needed just 3:39 to open a 2-0 lead. Weiss scored
his first goal of the season when he flipped a short wrist shot
past Phoenix goaltender Brian Boucher at 2:55 of the period and
Jokinen scored on an almost identical play 44 seconds later.

"They came back and played all over us in the third period,''
Jokinen said. "The win was right there but we couldn't bear
down.''

Lemieux pulled the Coyotes to 2-1 at 6:33 of the second period
when he scored off a rebound of a shot by Briere.

Huselius made it 3-1 at 8:56 of the second period when he beat
Boucher between his pads off a long rebound for his 10th goal. Doan
cut the lead back to one 77 seconds later with a blast over Hurme's
glove from the point.

"They were throwing everything at the net and they had guys
crashing the net trying to get rebounds,'' said Boucher, who made
36 saves. "There's nothing really pretty about their game, nothing
special. It's just hard work and determination.''

Game notes
Florida is 6-1-1-1 when Jokinen scores a goal. ... Linesman
Don Henderson left the ice for the last five minutes of the first
period and half the second after he was caught across the end of
his nose with a stick early in the game. Referee Chris Lee took
over the lines in Henderon's absence. ... The Panthers had a
season-high 18 shots on goal in the first period. ... Coyotes
broadcaster Curt Keilbach was honored before the start of his
2,000th game behind the microphone. Keilbach has been with the
franchise since the Winnipeg Jets joined the NHL in 1979. ...
Weiss' goal was his first since April 3 against Pittsburgh, a span
of 28 games.