Final

Series (Game 4 of 4)

Florida leads 4-0

Game 1: Wednesday, November 6th
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OT
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Game 2: Saturday, January 18th
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Game 3: Thursday, February 6th
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Penguins0
Game 4: Sunday, March 16th
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Panthers 4

(23-29-9, 67 pts)

Penguins 2

(25-38-5, 60 pts)

3:00 PM ET, March 16, 2003

Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
FLA 1 2 14
PIT 0 2 02

O. Jokinen (Panthers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

N. Hagman (Panthers - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

J. Bouwmeester (Panthers - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Penguins now winless in eight home games

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- One day after Olli Jokinen criticized his Florida Panthers teammates for a lackluster effort against Boston, they responded.

Niklas Hagman had his first two-goal game in more than a year, and Jokinen had a goal and two assists as the Panthers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 on Sunday.

After a 4-1 loss at the Bruins on Saturday, Jokinen said: "We've got five or six guys showing up a game. When you put on the jersey, you've got to play hard.''

The Panthers obviously got the message.

"They talked about it and said they hadn't been playing as well as they wanted to and didn't compete as hard as they wanted to in Boston,'' coach Mike Keenan said. "It's impressive that they can come back and make demands on each other and then respond properly and play a real solid road game.''

Roberto Luongo made 31 saves and Viktor Kozlov set up Florida's final two goals. The Panthers scored more than two goals for the first time in 12 games.

"We only had four goals in our last six games, so today we gave ourselves a better chance to win,'' said Jokinen, who had just one point in his previous 10 games. His short-handed goal broke a 2-2 tie late in the second period.

"We can't depend on our goalie to stop every single shot,'' he added. "It was great to see Hagman get two goals. It will give him a little more confidence.''

Confidence is in short supply in Pittsburgh. The Penguins have been held to two or fewer goals in a franchise-record 10 consecutive games and are now winless in their last 12 games (0-11-1), matching the second-longest streak in team history.

Pittsburgh's eight-game home winless streak (0-7-1) is the second-longest in its history.

Penguins captain Mario Lemieux cited Jokinen's game-winning goal as an example of the way things are going for his team: It came off a two-on-one against Martin Straka, after Straka broke his stick on a one-timer from the center point.

"It was a bad break. There was nothing Marty could do because he didn't have a stick,'' said Lemieux, who had his first assist in nine games. "When it's going bad, everything seems to happen at the wrong time. That's just another example of what happens when you're struggling.''

Hagman beat Sebastien Caron on a two-on-one break at 11:10 of the third period for his first two-goal game since February 2002. He had gone 18 games without a goal since scoring against Pittsburgh on Feb. 6, but he moved up to Jokinen's line in the first period after Marcus Nilson injured a shoulder.

Hagman gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead 1:12 into the game by converting Jokinen's pass on a three-on-two break.

Rico Fata, the Penguins' second-leading scorer since coming to Pittsburgh in the Alexei Kovalev trade, tied it at 8:57 of the second period. Mathias Johansson knocked Jokinen off the puck in the left circle and fed it to Fata in the high slot, and his slap shot beat Luongo.

Luongo, coming off two consecutive shutouts over the Penguins, had not allowed them a goal in 151:24.

Game notes


Keenan said it's believed that Nilson has a separated shoulder. ... Florida is 7-3-1 in its last 11 road games but winless in its last 10 at home. ... The game attracted the third consecutive sellout for the Penguins. ... The Penguins scratched Ville Nieminen, while Florida scratched Darcy Hordichuk (ankle), Branislav Mezei (foot), Paul Laus (wrist), Peter Worrell and Igor Ulanov. ... Kozlov has had a point in 25 of his last 38 games. ... Fata has three goals and 11 points in 18 games with the Penguins. ... The Panthers swept the season series against the Penguins (4-0-0).

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