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Bure's touch leads Panthers

Pavel Bure scored twice Wednesday night to lead the Panthers to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Bure leads the league with 37 goals, one more than Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr. The Panthers improved to 21-2-2 when Bure scores and are undefeated in eight games when he gets more than one goal.

"I'm still wondering how he gets open," Panthers coach Terry Murray said. "Everybody knows he's out there, and all of sudden he appears, he disappears, and there he is again. We're starting to get used to him now."

Florida took a 1-0 lead in the first period after Bure gathered a pass from Viktor Kozlov inside the blue line, skated untouched into the left circle and slipped a shot between the legs of goalie Jose Theodore.

The Canadiens tied it at 1 with a power-play goal at 14:38 of the second when Sergei Zholtok one-timed a pass from Dainius Zubrus. But Bure answered 1:23 later with a goal right in front of the net.

"We had a plan, but like most teams that try to stop (Bure), that plan didn't work," Canadiens coach Alain Vigneault said.

AVALANCHE: Center Peter Forsberg is out indefinitely after a concussion Tuesday night against the Canucks. He will miss Sunday's All-Star Game, in which he was to play for the World team.

"It's not real serious," Forsberg said. "It doesn't really concern me."

Forsberg was hurt in the second period when Vancouver center Todd Bertuzzi checked him into the glass. Forsberg, who required seven stitches to close a cut near his right eye, didn't return to the game. Bertuzzi received a five-minute boarding major penalty and a game misconduct.

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