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Jokinen runs scoring streak to seven games

2/21/2003

OTTAWA (AP) -- Olli Jokinen's streak of offense is beginning to
rub off on the rest of the Florida Panthers.

Jokinen assisted on goals by Marcus Nilson and Ivan Majesky late
in the third period as Florida overcame a two-goal deficit for a
4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

Nilson scored with 4:46 left to tie it at 3, and Majesky put a
slap shot past Martin Prusek with 24.5 seconds remaining to give
the Panthers their second consecutive road victory.

Jokinen, Florida's leading scorer with 31 goals and 57 points,
set up both goals to extend his point streak to seven games.

''It's about the first time all year that we've played well two
games in a row,'' Jokinen said. ''Our goal is still to make the
playoffs and that was a big win for us. They're in first place in
the conference and it always makes you feel good when you win on
the road.''

The Panthers are 12th in the Eastern Conference with 56 points
in 60 games. Ottawa is on top of the conference with 84 points.

Florida overcame a 3-1 deficit after Ottawa's Shaun Van Allen
scored two goals 39 seconds apart earlier in the third to put the
Senators up by two. The Panthers won for just the third time
(3-19-7-3) when trailing after two periods.

''We knew if we just kept playing that we were going to get
chances, and you never know what's going to happen at the end of
the game,'' Jokinen said. ''We got a little luck and we got the
win.''

Matt Cullen and Jeff Toms also scored for Florida. The teams
combined for four goals within 3:34 of the period, including three
tallies in 1:01.

''We can't be giving up goals like that in the third period,''
Senators defenseman Wade Redden said. ''That definitely killed us
tonight. The chances they got they buried, and we were a little
sloppy against them.''

Ottawa -- 26-2-2 when leading after two periods -- ended an
eight-game unbeaten streak at home. The Senators fell to 21-5-2-1
at the Corel Centre this season.

''It's a huge win for us -- for any team to come in here and
win,'' Panthers coach Mike Keenan said.

White scored his 21st goal with 15.7 seconds remaining in the
second after Florida goalie Roberto Luongo failed to play the puck
behind his net.

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson retrieved the loose puck and
passed in front to White, who beat Luongo with a quick shot to make
it 1-0.

Cullen scored his 10th goal 4:09 into the third to draw the
Panthers even.

Van Allen scored his 11th goal on a power play at 6:34 to break
the tie. The 12-year veteran got his career-high 12th goal 39
seconds later to make it 3-1.

''It's not too often when you get to be 35 you get a career high
at something, so I'll take that,'' Van Allen said. ''But on the
other side, I'm really disappointed with the loss.''

Toms scored 22 seconds after that at 7:35 to draw the Panthers
to one down.

''That was huge,'' Jokinen said. ''They scored their third goal
and we came back in the game right away. That was a big goal.''

Game notes
Senators coach Jacques Martin and goalie Patrick Lalime
were presented with NHL milestone awards before the game. Martin
received one in recognition of his 750th regular-season game as an
NHL coach in the league. Lalime, who has 27 career shutouts,
received his award for reaching 25 regular-season shutouts. ...
Jokinen has 13 points during the streak, six goals and seven
assists. ... Senators right wing Marian Hossa had a six-game point streak
snapped -- a run in which he had five goals and three assists.