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Olsen scores 1st NHL goal, Panthers beat Jets 5-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm •  Published: December 5, 2013
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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The latest trade by the rebuilding Panthers is already paying dividends.

Dylan Olsen scored his first NHL goal Thursday night to help Florida beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2.

Jimmy Hayes, Nick Bjugstad, Tomas Fleischmann and Erik Gudbranson also scored for the Panthers. Tim Thomas stopped 29 shots and Scottie Upshall had two assists. Olsen also added an assist.

Olsen and Hayes came to the Panthers in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 14 for wings Kris Versteeg and Phillippe Lefebvre.

"They're good young guys. They're learning their trade," Florida coach Peter Horachek said. "They both want to be pros. They want to be here."

Olli Jokinen and Andrew Ladd scored for Winnipeg. Ondrej Pavelec made 21 saves.

The Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak and earned their first points during that span.

Olsen broke a 1-all tie at 3:31 of the second period when his wrist shot from the slot beat Pavelec. Upshall got his 100th career assist on the play.

"It's awesome. It's your first NHL goal," Olsen said. "It was obviously exciting, but it's even better to get the win and get off that three-game losing streak."

The Panthers went ahead 3-1 when Fleischmann scored with 2:01 left in the second. A shot by Mike Weaver bounced off Pavelec's blocker, and Fleischmann poked in the rebound.

Florida stretched its lead to 4-1 at 5:37 of the third. Bjugstad wrapped the puck around from behind the net and bounced it off Pavelec's leg and into the net.

Jokinen, on his 35th birthday, made it 4-2 with 7:15 left in the game when he put the puck through Thomas' pads from in front.

Hayes scored with 2:44 remaining on a breakaway to make it 5-2.

The Jets had two days of rest after their 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Monday, but the trip to sunny Florida might have distracted them.

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