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NHL: Florida 4, New Jersey 3

Nov. 21, 2011 at 11:35 PM   |   Comments

SUNRISE, Fla., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Kris Versteeg ignited a Florida rally with two second-period goals Monday and the Panthers overcame a 3-0 deficit to post a 4-3 victory over New Jersey.

The Devils seemed to have the game well in hand after Ilya Kovalchuk, Petr Sykora and Dainius Zubrus notched first-period goals. But Versteeg cut New Jersey's lead to 3-2 with his tallies in the middle frame -- his 10th and 11th goals of the season.

Stephen Weiss got the equalizer on a shorthanded tally midway through the third and Tomas Fleischmann netted the game-winner with 2 minutes remaining, collecting the puck while alone in front of the net and flicking a wrist shot past Martin Brodeur.

Jose Theodore turned aside 22-of-25 shots for the first-place Panthers, who maintained their two-point lead over second-place Washington in the Southeast Division.

Brodeur ended with 32 stops for the Devils.

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