Hagman ended a 30-game drought with two goals, helping Florida
extend Pittsburgh's franchise-record losing streak to 13 games with
a 5-1 victory Thursday night.
"It's been a long time since I've scored," said Hagman, whose
last goal was on Nov. 16. "I was happy that I managed to get
another one, too. Hopefully, it continues now."
Darcy Hordichuk, Olli Jokinen and Valeri Bure also scored for
the Panthers, who have won three in a row for the first time this
season. The victory was Florida's eighth straight against
"It was huge," said goalie Roberto Luongo, who stopped 34
shots. "We knew they were going to play desperate hockey. It was
important for us to have a good game and not allow them anything."
Ryan Malone scored a short-handed goal for the Penguins, who
haven't won since beating Philadelphia 2-1 on Jan. 12.
"I don't know if it will all come together, but certainly
positive play or a win certainly will help stop the bleeding,"
Penguins coach Ed Olczyk said.
Pittsburgh goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin was pulled after Hagman's
second goal made it 3-1 with 2:02 left in the second period. Aubin
gave up three goals on 29 shots before being replaced by Sebastien
After a scoreless first period, Florida set a franchise record
with 26 shots on goal in the second and took a 4-1 lead.
"We've got a lot of leaders, they talked (after the first
period) about how this was an important game," Hordichuk said.
"It was a great opportunity to get a victory. We needed it and we
Hagman broke a 1-1 tie on a short-handed goal after Aubin got
caught out of his net trying to play the puck. After Matt Cullen
stole the puck from Aubin in the corner, he passed in front to
Hagman, who shot it into the open net for his first goal since Nov.
It was a league-high 13th short-handed goal the Penguins have
allowed this season.
Hagman increased the lead when he beat Aubin with a slap shot
from the top of the right circle.
"When you score a goal, it gives you a little more boost, where
you might try to do some different things when you've got some
confidence in yourself," Hagman said. "For me, not having scored
in a long time, it was a big boost."
Jokinen ended the second-period scoring outburst when he put a
rebound past Caron on a power play with 7.7 seconds left.
Hordichuk scored a rare goal to give Florida a 1-0 lead. His
shot off a nice spinning move in front of the net was only his
second goal of the season and third in 109 NHL games.
The Panthers got the first 10 shots in the period before the
Penguins' first two resulted in Malone's goal. Luongo made a pad
save on Eric Meloche's shot on a two-on-one, but Malone backhanded
the rebound into the open net.
Florida's previous record for shots in a period was 22,
accomplished twice (Dec. 26, 2001, at Atlanta, and March 17, 1998,
vs. Vancouver). ... Florida C Mike Green earned his first NHL point
in his third game when he assisted on Bure's third-period goal. ...
With Florida G Steve Shields scratched because of a minor foot
injury, Travis Scott was recalled from San Antonio of the AHL to
serve as Luongo's backup. ... Pittsburgh D Robert Scuderi, recalled
from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday, played in his first NHL
game. ... D Ric Jackman, acquired in a trade with Toronto on
Wednesday, made his Penguins debut. ... Penguins D Martin Strbak
sat out with a broken right foot sustained when he was hit by a
shot in Tuesday night in a loss to Boston. Strbak is expected to
miss about a month. ... Dan Marino dropped the puck in a ceremonial
faceoff as part of Dan Marino Foundation Night.
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Arena: BB&T Center Location: Sunrise, Florida
Referees: Don Koharski, Craig Spada Linesmen: Jonny Murray, Mark Pare
Attendance: 15,863 (82.4% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Darcy Hordichuk (2)
Assists: Byron Ritchie, Marcus Nilson
Ryan Malone (15)
(Shorthanded) Assists: Eric Meloche, Ric Jackman
Niklas Hagman (7)
(Shorthanded) Assist: Matt Cullen
Niklas Hagman (6)
Olli Jokinen (17)
(Power Play) Assists: Matt Cullen, Mike Van Ryn