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Barkov’s SO goal lifts Panthers over Penguins

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the Florida Panthers edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Monday night.

Barkov skated in on Marc-Andre Fleury in the seventh round of the tiebreaker, moved left, and lifted in a one-handed shot to win it.

Florida’s Roberto Luongo made a sprawling glove save, among his seven, on Chris Kunitz in the fourth round.

Jimmy Hayes scored twice in the third period to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead.

Nick Spaling deflected in a shot for a power-play goal with 4:52 remaining to bring the Penguins within 3-2, and Evgeni Malkin jammed a puck past Luongo to tie it with 3:10 left.

Patric Hornqvist had given Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead in the first period, and Jussi Jokinen tied it in the final minute of the second.

Florida took a 2-1 lead when Sean Bergenheim stole the puck along the side boards and passed it to Hayes, who beat Fleury just 22 seconds into the second.

Four minutes later, Hayes tapped in Bergenheim’s shot for his ninth goal. But the Penguins got even late to force overtime.

Pittsburgh opened the scoring 4:39 into the game when Hornqvist deflected in Simon Despres’ shot from the blue line for his 12th goal.

Jokinen tied it just after Florida’s third power play ended. He one-timed a pass from Dave Bolland into the net with 37 seconds left.

Jokinen scored 21 goals for Pittsburgh last season before being signed by Florida.

The Penguins (22-6-5) were short-handed due to illness and injury.

Forwards Steve Downie and Brandon Sutter and goalie Thomas Greiss were sent back to Pittsburgh for mumps testing, leaving the Penguins with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. Only 19 players dressed for the game.

Backup goalie Jeff Zatkoff was called up from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL as an emergency backup. He missed warmups but arrived in time for the start of the game.

After a hard-hitting, high-tension game in Pittsburgh on Saturday — a 3-1 Penguins victory — the clubs played a fairly tame game until late in the second.

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang upended Nick Bjugstad with a chest-high hit in the Pittsburgh zone. A few minutes later, Bergenheim rocked Bobby Farnham with a shoulder-to-shoulder hit along the side boards.

NOTES: Florida coach Gerard Gallant said Shawn Thornton (lower body) would begin skating after the Christmas break. The injury had been bothering him for three weeks, and he was put on the injured list. … Florida forwards Brad Boyes and Tomas Fleischmann were healthy scratches. … The teams combined for 76 penalty minutes on Saturday, including five majors. … The Penguins and Panthers will meet once more in Pittsburgh on Feb. 22.

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