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Holden’s goal in 3rd period leads Avs past Panthers 4-2

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Nick Holden scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to lift the Colorado Avalanche over the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Thursday night.

Tyson Barrie had a goal and an assist, and Gabriel Landeskog and Jarome Iginla also scored for Colorado. Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves for the Avalanche, who won for the first time in three games.

Aaron Ekblad and Aleksander Barkov scored for the Panthers, and Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots.

Holden’s goal, coming in the waning seconds of a power play, broke a 2-2 tie. Holden shot from the high slot and it deflected off a Panthers’ players stick and fluttered past Luongo at 11:03 of the third. Iginla added an empty-net goal with 27 seconds left.

Colorado took a 2-1 lead on when Landeskog was able to slide the puck under Luongo’s pads at 13:02 of the second.

The Panthers tied it at 2-all 23 seconds later when Barkov redirected a pass from Brad Boyes past Varlamov. Barkov has five points in his last six games.

The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead on Barrie’s goal early in the first. Barrie skated in unchallenged to the right circle and his wrist shot got past Luongo at 2:11.

The Panthers tied it a 1 on a goal by Ekblad just as a 5-on-3 power play expired. Ekblad took the puck in the high slot and his wrist shot beat Varlamov on the stick side at 5:15 of the first. The 18-year-old rookie now has five points in his last seven games and 25 points over 42 games.

It was the first power-play goal for the Panthers in their past 14 chances over six games.

NOTES: Luongo is tied for 11th all-time among NHL goaltenders in games played (837). … Tyson Barrie, who had a goal and an assist in the game, is the son of former Panthers player Len Barrie. … Former Major League catcher and 12-time All-Star Mike Piazza dropped the ceremonial first puck.

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