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Vyborny, Leclaire Lead Columbus To A 5-4 OT Win

Saturday, 01.14.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Vyborny, Leclaire Lead Columbus To A 5-4 OT Win
(AP) -- David Vyborny scored a power-play goal with 12 seconds left in overtime, and Pascal Leclair made 48 saves in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

The Panthers tied it with 47 seconds left in regulation when Nathan Horton deflected a shot by Jay Bouwmeester.

Vyborny also had a third-period goal, and Jason Chimera, Sergei Fedorov and Rick Nash added goals for Columbus. Joe Nieuwendyk, Gary Roberts and Chris Gratton also scored for Florida and Roberto Luongo made 17 saves.

Columbus took a 4-3 lead at 11:27 of the third when Michael Rupp's shot rebounded off Luongo and Chimera poked in the puck. The Panthers had tied it at 3 on Gratton's shot from the right circle at 5:02 of the third.

The Blue Jackets scored two goals in less than 3 minutes in the third period. They tied it at 2 at 1:17 on Vyborny's wrist shot from the left circle, and took a 3-2 lead at 4:07 when Nash's shot hit a Florida player in front of the crease and Fedorov pushed the puck past Luongo.

Columbus had only eight shots in the first two periods, even thought it had five power plays.

Columbus cut the score to 2-1 at 3:23 of the second. Nash took a pass from Nikolai Zherdev near the blue line and skated in alone on Luongo. Nash beat Luongo on the stick side for his 11th goal in his past 14 games.

Florida's second goal of the first period came during a power play. A slap shot from Olli Jokinen deflected off Roberts' stick and went over Leclair's left shoulder at 15:26. Florida took a 1-0 lead at 12:45 when Nieuwendyk took a pass to the side of the crease and beat Leclair stick side.

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