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Bergfors scores first goal with Thrashers

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta newcomer Niclas Bergfors scored the go-ahead goal with 4:26 left and the Thrashers beat the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Saturday night to end a three-game losing streak.

Bergfors, playing his second game for the Thrashers after joining the team in a trade that sent superstar Ilya Kovalchuk to New Jersey, scored on a 15-foot blast that went between goalie Tomas Vokoun's leg. Bergfors had 14 goals this season.

Evander Kane added an empty-net goal for Atlanta, his 12th, with 1:14 left.

Radek Dvorak scored twice in the first period to give Florida a 2-0 lead, but the Thrashers' Max Afinogenov and Bryan Little countered in the second.

Dvorak, scoreless in his previous 15 games after scoring three goals in a 6-2 win over Pittsburgh on Jan. 3, got his first goal at 6:18 of the opening period. He directed a shot by Jordan Leopold past goalie Johan Hedberg. Dvorak added his 11th with 3:15 left, knocking in a rebound of a blast from Kamil Kreps.

Afinogenov got the Thrashers on the board with a power-play goal 3:49 into the second period, beating Vokoun from in close for his 18th goal. Little tied it at 2 with his ninth goal on a rebound of a shot by Tobias Enstrom at 8:39.

Nik Antropov had three assists for Atlanta.

The Panthers lost their third straight and fourth in five games.

NOTES: The game, scheduled to start at 7 p.m., was delayed until 7:53 p.m. when the Thrashers had problems returning to Atlanta from Washington due to snow. The Thrashers, who lost 5-2 at Washington on Friday night, took a four-hour bus ride to Richmond, Va., where they took a charter to Atlanta. It landed just before 6 p.m. ... Vokoun started his 18th consecutive game for the Panthers. ... Florida was 0 for 7 on power plays.