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Panthers beat Jets to wrap up homestand
Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Dylan Olsen, Erik Gudbranson and Tomas Fleischmann each had a goal and an assist in the Florida Panthers' 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.
Nick Bjugstad and Jimmy Hayes also lit the lamp for the Panthers, who went 2-3-0 on a five-game homestand.
Tim Thomas stopped 29-of-31 shots. One of his 11 saves in the first period was the 11,000th of his NHL career.
Andrew Ladd and Olli Jokinen scored for the Jets, who fell to 3-2-0 on a six- game road trip. Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 21-of-26 shots.
Ladd jammed home a rebound at the 5:27 mark of the first period.
Gudbranson put Florida on the board with 5:58 remaining when his slap shot from the top of the right circle got past Pavelec.
Olsen's first NHL goal came 3:31 into the middle stanza. Scottie Upshall charged down the right win before sliding a pass to Olsen, who fired a wrist shot from the slot.
Fleischmann made it a 3-1 contest at 17:59 of the second when he put home the rebound of Mike Weaver's shot from the right point.
Bjugstad's wraparound made it a three-goal game at the 5:37 mark of the third frame.
Jokinen cut the gap to 4-2 at 12:45 when he scored off Devin Setoguchi's pass from behind the net.
Hayes scored on a breakaway with 2:44 left to account for the final margin.
The Jets were without forwards Evander Kane (lower body) and Michael Frolik (flu-like symptoms) on Thursday ... Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky returned to the lineup after missing five games with an upper-body injury.
12/05 22:42:08 ET