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NHL: Atlanta 4, Florida 2

March 2, 2010 at 10:24 PM

ATLANTA, March 2 (UPI) -- Todd White scored the tie-breaking goal in the second period and added an assist Tuesday to lift the Atlanta Thrashers to a 4-2 victory over Florida.

Rich Peverley added a goal and an assist, while Colby Armstrong and Pavel Kubina each scored for the Thrashers in the first game for both teams following the Winter Olympics break.

The Panthers spotted Atlanta a 2-0 lead in the first period but fought their way back, tying the contest at 2-2 on David Booth's goal at the 10:45 mark.

That's how it stayed until White one-timed a pass from Peverley from the left circle past Florida goalie Scott Clemmensen for a 3-2 lead at 7:33 of the second. Pavel Kubina's sixth goal of the season with 5:13 left in the second gave Atlanta an insurance marker.

The Thrashers' Jonas Hedberg then stopped 13 shots in the final period to preserve the win.

Booth had a goal and an assist while Stephen Weiss chipped in with a goal for the Panthers.

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