ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Olli Jokinen poked a rebound past rookie Pasi Nurminen with 11 seconds left in overtime for his second goal of the game, giving the Florida Panthers their first win of the season, 5-4 over the Atlanta Thrashers.
Viktor Kozlov fired a shot off a 2-on-1, but Jokinen trailed the play and hung around long enough to get a wide-open rebound.
The game-winner came in a rare 3-on-3 situation after both teams were penalized in overtime. Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo was given a delay-of-game penalty for covering the puck well outside the crease.
But Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk was caught 11 seconds later with an illegal stick and assesed a penalty to negate the power play.
"The officials are so preoccupied with the new rules, they can't officiate the game," said Panthers coach Mike Keenan, who called on official to inspect Kovalchuk's stick.
"We were on a 4-on-3 anyway, so we had nothing to lose," Jokinen said. "That call worked for us."
Jokinen, who also had two assists, tied it with 8:37 left in regulation with an unassisted power-play tally.
"It's been a very good start to the season, two points already," Jokinen added. "I usually get my first goal around Christmas."
The Panthers squandered a two-goal lead and lost their season opener in overtime but snapped a 24-game OT winless streak.
Both teams rebounded from poor performances on the power play in their season openers, scoring three times with the man advantage.
Shawn McEachern made a spectacular home debut for the Thrashers, recording his second career hat trick.
"I'd be more happy if we could have won the game," said McEachern, who was acquired in the offseason from Ottawa. "We came back from being down. We had a lot of chances on them tonight, but we just ran out of time.
Luongo was pulled by Keenan early in the first period after surrendering a goal on two shots but returned and stopped the next 16 for the win. Jani Hurme surrendered three goals on 16 shots in his Panthers' debut.
"I knew there was a chance I could go back in, so I just stayed focused and everything turned out well," Luongo said. "When I came back in, the game wasn't over, so I just tried to make the saves. You never know what could happen, and we scored two goals."
"That's Mike's style of coaching, trying to change momentum in the game," Jokinen added. "(Luongo) played well and was the guy in net for us in the overtime."
Vyacheslav Kozlov had a chance to win it in overtime on a breakaway after Florida rookie Jay Bouwmeester coughed up the puck at his own blue line but was turned away by Luongo.
Atlanta's winless streak reached 12 games dating to last season.