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Blueshirts win, move closer to 8th spot

3/13/2004

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Olli Jokinen scored in overtime for the
second straight game, lifting the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 victory
Saturday night over the New York Rangers.

Jokinen netted the game-winner 2:54 into overtime for the
Panthers, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit. On Thursday at Montreal,
Jokinen scored in regulation and again in the extra session.

Lyle Odelein and Nathan Horton also scored for the Panthers, who
snapped a three-game home winless streak and beat the Rangers for
just the second time in 11 games (2-8-1).

Jokinen was this one on a two-on-one when he tipped in a
cross-ice pass from Donald Audette.

Florida moved within seven points of the New York Islanders for
the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Panthers
have 10 games remaining, while the Islanders have 11.

Rookie defenseman Fedor Tyutin scored his first NHL goal, and
newly reacquired forward Sandy McCarthy also scored for the
Rangers. McCarthy was claimed off waivers this week from Boston.

Roberto Luongo made 37 saves for Florida.

Jamie McLennan, making his first start for the Rangers since
being acquired from Calgary on March 6, stopped 29 shots.

Jaromir Jagr almost gave the Rangers the lead in the third
period, but his wraparound attempt hit the far post.

Odelein, who came in with seven points in 71 games, began
Florida's comeback during a wild finish to the second period.

He scored his first goal of the season at 18:04 on a
five-on-three when his slap shot from the point deflected off the
stick of Rangers defenseman Chris McAllister.

Odelein then set up Horton's power-play goal at 18:35 when his
wraparound attempt was banged in by the rookie forward.

A couple of miscues gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead.

With the Rangers on a power play, defenseman Andreas Lilja tried
to ice the puck down the middle of the ice, but he fanned on the
shot. The puck slid to the front of the net to McCarthy, who turned
and beat Luongo with a shot over his blocker.

Tyutin scored at the beginning of the Panthers' five-on-three
advantage late in the second period when he intercepted Stephen
Weiss' cross-ice pass and beat Luongo with a move to his forehand.

Game notes
The Panthers snapped a five-game home winless streak
(0-4-1) against the Rangers. Their last home victory against New
York was a 3-0 win on April 7, 2001. ... Jagr had his five-game
point streak snapped. He entered as the leading scorer against
Florida with 50 points in 40 games. ... McCarthy played his third
game since rejoining the Rangers, with whom he played from 2000-03.