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Pirri, Luongo help Panthers snap Sharks' 6-game streak with 3-2 win

  • Florida Panthers' Brandon Pirri (73) scores past San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31), of Finland, and defenseman Scott Hannan (27) during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Florida Panthers' Brandon Pirri (73) scores past San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31), of Finland, and defenseman Scott Hannan (27) during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, bottom left, blocks a shot attempt from San Jose Sharks' Adam Burish (37) during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, bottom left, blocks a shot attempt from San Jose Sharks' Adam Burish (37) during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31), of Finland, is beaten for a goal on a shot from Florida Panthers' Scottie Upshall during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31), of Finland, is beaten for a goal on a shot from Florida Panthers' Scottie Upshall during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

Brandon Pirri scored one goal and set up another in a 17-second span of the second period and Roberto Luongo made 52 saves to help the Florida Panthers snap San Jose's six-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night.

Quinton Howden knocked in a rebound of Pirri's shot to cap a game-changing shift and Scottie Upshall added a goal in the closing minute of the second period for the Panthers, who had lost seven of their previous eight road games.

Marty Havlat and Brent Burns scored for San Jose and Antti Niemi made 21 saves. The Sharks missed a chance to move past Anaheim for first place in the Pacific Division. The teams are tied with 97 points heading into Thursday's showdown in San Jose but the Ducks have a game in hand.