Thrashers pull out win in waning seconds

Maxim Afinogenov scored with six seconds remaining as the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Monday night.

Maxim Afinogenov scored with six seconds remaining in the third period to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers for their fourth consecutive victory.

It was the fifth straight loss for the Panthers.

Afinogenov knocked in a 15-footer for his 11th goal off a pass from Nik Antropov, beating Florida goaltender Scott Clemmensen.

Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he was accidentally hit in the head by the stick of teammate Keith Ballard in the opening period.

Vokoun had an ear cut and was alert when taken by ambulance to a local hospital, a Panthers spokesman said.

The Panthers tied it at 3-3 with 2:23 remaining in the second period on a goal by Michael Frolik, his seventh.

Stephen Weiss took the puck away from Atlanta's Mark Popovic behind the net and passed to Frolik, who easily beat Atlanta goalie Johan Hedberg.

Atlanta had gone ahead 3-2 on a goal by Chris Thorburn at 5:28 of the second period, beating Clemmensen from in close.

Popovic and Ilya Kovalchuk each scored off Vokoun in the opening period, which ended in a 2-2 tie. Weiss and Rostislav Olesz scored for the Panthers.

Popovic opened the scoring with his second goal by beating Vokoun after only 3:36. Weiss scored his eighth goal at the 4:21 mark before Kovalchuk added his 15th goal to make it 2-1.

Olesz tied it again with his sixth goal on a power play goal with 4:13 left.

Atlanta's Eric Boulton had a two assists, coming on the goals by Popovic and Thorburn.