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NHL: Florida 4, New Jersey 2

April 15, 2012 at 10:31 PM   |   Comments

SUNRISE, Fla., April 15 (UPI) -- Stephen Weiss scored two power-play goals Sunday and Florida hung on for a 4-2 win over New Jersey, evening its first-round Eastern Conference series at 1-1.

Weiss found the net 23 seconds into the game, putting the Panthers ahead for good, and added another score during a two-man advantage 1:12 into the second period.

Marcel Goc netted the eventual game-winner late in the middle frame for the Panthers, who won their first playoff game in 15 years -- the longest stretch between post-season victories in NHL history.

Jose Theodore turned aside 23-of-25 shots to earn the win.

The Devils made it interesting in the third period on goals from Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk, but they could get no closer.

Martin Brodeur made 20 saves in the loss.

The series now shifts to New Jersey for Tuesday's Game 3.

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