Panthers 6, Penguins 4: Tomas Kopecky recorded his first career hat trick as host Florida scored four times with the man advantage to surprise Pittsburgh.Tomas Fleischmann scored the deciding goal and added two assists while defenseman Brian Campbell had a goal and two assists and Marcel Goc also scored for the Panthers, who won for the second time in nine games. Jose Theodore allowed four goals on 19 shots and was replaced in the third period by Scott Clemmensen, who made 15 saves.Tomas Vokoun was pulled after allowing four goals on 22 shots for the Penguins. Chris Kunitz and James Neal contributed a goal and an assist apiece for Pittsburgh, which defeated Florida 3-1 on Friday but lost Evgeni Malkin to a concussion in the process. Captain Sidney Crosby added two assists.Florida created a lot of traffic in front of Vokoun and it paid off in the second period with three power-play goals in a 5:32 span to chase the former Panther from the Penguin's crease. Vokoun, who is from the Czech Republic, took exception when Kopecky, who is from Slovakia, scored his second of the game, and both players received roughing penalties in the ensuing melee.Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 12 of 13 shots in relief and Pittsburgh scored three straight goals to even the score at 4-4 heading into the third, but Fleischmann beat him with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle on a 2-on-1 early in the period. Kopecky completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal to put the game away.GAME NOTEBOOK: Fleischmann's goal was the 100th of his career. … The Penguins lost for just the second time in their last 10 games against Florida. … Crosby is tied with Tampa Bay F Steven Stamkos for the league lead in points with 30.
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