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PITTSBURGH -- Forward Drew Shore scored twice for the first multi-goal game of his career as the Florida Panthers ended the Pittsburgh Penguins' franchise-record 13-game home winning streak on Monday night with a 5-1 victory.

Shore doubled his goal total for the season by scoring in each of the first two periods. He entered the game with one goal in 11 games and three goals in his two-year career.

Forward Jonathan Huberdeau added one goal and one assist and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and center Shawn Matthias also scored for the Panthers as they ended an eight-game losing streak at Pittsburgh and a two-game losing streak overall. Center Jesse Winchester had three assists in his first game since being injured Dec. 15.

Florida (19-23-7) had scored just eight non-shootout goals in its previous six games.

The Penguins' goal was scored by defenseman Matt Niskanen, who has at least one point in 12 of his last 14 games. Center Sidney Crosby's home point streak ended at 17 games a day after he was named the captain of the Canadian team for next month's Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Pittsburgh (34-13-2), which had been 5-0-1 in its previous six games andd leads the Eastern Conference, suffered its first loss at Consol Enegy Center since falling to the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 13. It was also just the Penguins' sixth loss in their last 41 home games, dating to Feb. 22.

Panthers backup goaltender Scott Clemmensen made 33 saves in his first start since Dec. 29 and also assisted on Shore's first goal.

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury gave up five goals on 28 shots.

Shore opened the scoring at 15:45 of the first period on a short-handed goal, beating Fleury with a wrist shot from the right circle on a two-on-one breakout.

Shore's second goal came from point-blank rage at 13:34 of the second period. It was set up when Huberdeau won a battle for the puck behind the net from Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta and chipped it to the left side of the net to forward Jesse Winchester, who passed to Shore.

The Panthers increased their lead to 3-0 at 1:17 of the third period when Kulikov scored his fourth goal on a backhand shot during a scramble in front of the net.

The Penguins solved Clemmensen on their 28th shot when defenseman Matt Niskanen lit the lamp with a slap shot from beyond the left circle for his seventh goal at 5:11.

The Panthers put it away by scoring twice in a 12-second span -- Huberdeau with his eighth and Matthias with his fifth -- to make it 5-1 with 5:58 remaining.

Despite the win, the Panthers went 0-for-3 on the power play and have failed to score with the man-advantage in 33 straight opportunities in their last 10 games. However, the Panthers ran their streak of successful penalty kills to 26 in a row as the Penguins also went 0-for-3 on the power play.

NOTES: Four Penguins returned to the lineup after missing time with injuries: D Paul Martin (leg, 23 games), F Jayson Megna (lower body, 13 games), F Chuck Kobasew (lower body, six games) and F James Neal (upper body, one game). Kobasew played right wing on the first line with C Sidney Crosby and LW Chris Kunitz as coach Dan Bylsma continues to look for someone to replace LW Pascal Dupuis, who suffered a season-ending knee injury Dec. 23. ... Dupuis is scheduled to undergo surgery on Feb. 12 as doctors are waiting for swelling in the knee to subside. ... Panthers F Jesse Winchester was back in the lineup after a 14-game absence because of an upper body injury. ... Panthers G Tim Thomas was rested in favor of G Scott Clemmensen despite having allowed two goals or fewer in eight of his last 11 games. Thomas has lost his last three starts against the Penguins and was pulled in the last two. ... The Penguins were playing for just the second time in nine days. ... Florida plays the Sabres on Tuesday night at Buffalo and Pittsburgh hosts the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.
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