Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 11/22

Game 1: Friday, November 22nd

Panthers 3

(6-7-4, 21 pts)

Coyotes 3

(7-10-1, 18 pts)

9:00 PM ET, November 22, 2002

US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

1 2 3 OT T
FLA 2 1 0 03
ARI 0 2 1 03

C. Lemieux (Coyotes - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

D. Briere (Coyotes - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

J. Hurme (Panthers - G): Saves: 37, Save Pct.: .925

Lemieux tallies twice for Phoenix

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

Claude Lemieux

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.

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