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San Jose 7, Florida 3

Nov. 16, 2002 at 11:53 PM

SUNRISE, Fla., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Scott Thornton scored his first two goals of the season and the San Jose Sharks tallied three times in the third period Saturday night to pull away for a 7-3 rout of the Florida Panthers, who failed to get a point for the first time in seven games.

Florida was 4


0-2 in its previous six games due largely to the solid goaltending of Jani Hurme, who made five straight starts in place of injured starter Roberto Luongo.

But Hurme surrendered three goals on 15 shots and was replaced by Luongo midway through the second period. Making his first appearance since Oct. 30, Luongo gave up a goal before the period ended and three more in the third.

The Panthers climbed within 4-3 just 17 seconds into the final period on defenseman Lance Ward's second goal of the season. But they were unable to get anything else past Evgeni Nabokov, who made 31 saves and watched Luongo collapse.

Mike Ricci, Patrick Marleau and Marco Sturm beat Luongo in a 2:28 span of the third period as San Josse ended a five-game winless streak (0-3-1-1).

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