Dec 3, 2009 1:15 AM

Avs comeback falls short in Florida

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Stephen Weiss recorded his second NHL hat trick and scored in the shootout to lift the Florida Panthers to a 6-5 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

Nathan Horton and Dominic Moore also had goals for the Panthers, who snapped a five-game losing streak.

T.J. Galiardi and Matt Duchene both scored for Colorado with less then a minute left in regulation to send the game to overtime. Chris Stewart and Paul Stastny also had goals for Colorado. Duchene netted another goal the second period.

Scott Clemmensen, starting in place of injured Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun, made 29 saves. Vokoun is recovering after he was hit in the head by Florida defenseman Keith Ballard's stick during a bizarre on-ice accident Monday night. Vokoun received stitches on his ear but had no other medical problems.

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