Panthers 4, Thrashers 3

Michael Frolik scored with 1:21 left to lift the Florida

Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday


Stephen Weiss, Radek Dvorak and Bryan McCabe also scored for

Florida, and Tomas Vokoun stopped 20 shots.

Ilya Kovalchuk, Nik Antropov and Vyacheslav Kozlov scored for

Atlanta, which overcame a three-goal deficit to tie the game in the


Johan Hedberg made 25 saves for Atlanta.

On the winning goal, Frolik poked in a rebound, putting the puck

high in the net.

Kovalchuk started Atlanta’s comeback with his 18th goal of the

season. His slap shot from the left circle beat Vokoun and cut

Florida’s lead to 3-1 with 2:08 left in the second period. Atlanta

made it 3-2 at 1:59 of the third when Antropov, positioned in front

of Vokoun at the crease, pushed a rebounding puck under the

goalie’s legs.

The Thrashers tied it at 6:27 of the third period when Kozlov

picked up a loose puck in the high slot and scored on a slap


McCabe scored at 2:54 in the second period to give Florida a 3-0

lead. He took a pass from Victor Oreskovich then shot from the

right circle, sending the puck under a leaping Jeff Taffe and into

the net for his fourth goal of the season.

The Panthers made it 2-0 with Dvorak’s goal at 8:19 in the first

period. Dvorak took a pass from Steven Reinprecht and scored with a

shot from the low slot.

Weiss opened the scoring at 6:42 in the first. Hedberg stopped

the initial shot from Nathan Horton, but then Weiss put in the

rebounding puck with a wrist shot. It was the 16th goal of the

season for Weiss and his third in three games.

Entering Wednesday night’s game, Florida had dropped six of its

last seven home games, and all but one of those seven contests had

gone into overtime or a shootout.

The Thrashers had already twice met the Panthers this season,

both games that ended in disappointment for Florida. Maxim

Afinogenov scored the winning goal with 6 seconds remaining to lift

the Thrashers to a 4-3 win on Nov. 30, and Kovalchuk scored with

1:04 left in regulation in a Dec. 5 game that the Thrashers

eventually won 2-1 in a shootout.

NOTES: Florida coach Pete DeBoer said Panthers C Gregory

Campbell (upper-body injury) might be able to return Friday night

against Carolina. Campbell, who turns 26 on Thursday, has missed

five games. … Panthers LW David Booth (concussion) has resumed

light skating. He was on the ice Wednesday morning, but left