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Associated Press
9/28/2006 10:32:11 PM

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Juraj Kolnik scored two goals and Ed Belfour made 19 saves as the Florida Panthers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 on Thursday night.

It was the first pre-season loss for the Blackhawks (6-1-0) and the second win for the Panthers (2-5-1).

Nikolai Khabibulin made 44 saves for Chicago. After scoring two goals in the first 6:30, Chicago didn't score again until 9:44 of the third when Bryan Smolinski's shot from the left circle beat the 41-year-old Belfour. The Blackhawks only managed to get 22 shots on goal.

Martin Gelinas took a pass from Chris Gratton in front of the crease and pushed the puck past Khabibulin to make the score 6-2 at 15:11 of the second.

Kolnik's second goal of the game had put Florida ahead 3-2 early in the second period. About three minutes later, Jozef Stumpel and Nathan Horton each scored power-play goals less than 30 seconds apart to stretch the Florida lead to 5-2.
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