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Los Angeles gets first win at Florida

Derek Armstrong and Trent Klatt scored power-play goals as the Los Angeles Kings won at Florida for the first time, beating the Panthers 3-2 Wednesday night.

Jonathan Sim also scored for Los Angeles, which was a combined 0-4-3 at Miami Arena and the Office Depot Center. Roman Cechmanek made 33 saves for the Kings to improve to 6-1-1 lifetime against Florida.

The Kings had seven power-play opportunities in the first two periods, while Florida had two.

Armstrong, who spent time in the minors in each of his previous 10 seasons of professional hockey, scored his fifth goal of the season in the first period when he took Luc Robitaille's pass in the slot and one-timed a shot that beat Roberto Luongo to the glove side.

Klatt made it 2-0 at 3:59 of the second when he tipped in Lubomir Visnovsky's slap shot.

A noncall helped Los Angeles increase its lead to 3-0 at 11:29 of the second period. After Dustin Brown tripped Mikael Samuelsson behind the Florida net, Sim picked up the loose puck, skated to the side of the net and his shot went off defenseman Jay Bouwmeester's stick and floated over Luongo's left shoulder.

Rookie Nathan Horton and Mike Van Ryn scored for Florida. It was the second goal in two games for Horton, the third overall pick in the 2003 draft.

BLACKHAWKS: Chicago, which appointed Bob Pulford interim general manager last month when Mike Smith was fired, took the "interim" tag off Pulford's title as part of a front-office realignment.

The Blackhawks hired television and radio analyst Dale Tallon as assistant general manager. He replaces Nick Beverley, who was fired along with Marshall Johnston, director of player evaluation; Bill Lesuk, director of amateur scouting; and Joe Yannetti, director of pro scouting.

LIGHTNING: Defenseman Pavel Kubina will make 25 tickets to home games available to children under 18 and their families through Pavel Kubina's Kids Club. Those wishing to join should e-mail pavelkubinatampabaylightning.com. A full name, home address, e-mail address and child's school must be provided. At season's end, 50 club members will be chosen at random to attend a party with Kubina and other players.

RED WINGS: Detroit signed 40-year-old free agent forward Steve Thomas to a one-year contract. Thomas, who has 411 goals and 500 assists, was signed a day after Detroit learned that high-scoring forward Henrik Zetterberg will miss four to six weeks with a broken leg.

Times staff writer Damian Cristodero contributed to this report.

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