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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Jordan Eberle scored a pair of goals, and the Edmonton Oilers stretched their winning streak to a season-high three games with a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Thursday night.

Sam Gagner and David Perron also scored, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had three assists for the Oilers (7-15-2) who improved to 3-7 at home. Devan Dubnyk made 24 saves in the victory.

Edmonton was 2-9-1 in its 12 games before the winning streak started.

Scottie Upshall had the lone goal for the Panthers (6-13-4), whose two-game winning streak was snapped. Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots.

The Oilers picked up right where they left off Tuesday night in a 7-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets and scored a power-p play goal just 57 seconds in against Florida.

Nugent-Hopkins' point shot deflected into the air, and Eberle batted it past Thomas for his seventh goal. It was Edmonton's 12th straight unanswered goal, dating to a four-goal outburst in the third period of a 4-2 win over Calgary on Saturday.

The Oilers made it 2-0 six minutes into the second period when Nail Yakupov waited out traffic on a 3-on-2 break. He sent a nice pass to the trailing Gagner, who beat Thomas high to the glove side for his first goal of the season.

Edmonton took a three-goal lead just past the mid-mark of the second period with another power-play goal. Perron tipped in his eighth of the season off a one-timer from the top of the circle by defenseman Justin Schultz.

Florida cut its deficit to 3-1 with 3:26 left in the second period. The Panthers caught Edmonton scrambling with defenseman Corey Potter without a stick. Upshall then put a bad-angle shot between Dubnyk and the post.

The Panthers had three power plays in the third period, but were unable to get anything past Dubnyk.

Eberle scored his second of the game into an empty net to put the game away.

The Panthers will wrap up a five-game road trip in Calgary on Friday night.

NOTES: Edmonton topped Florida in the first game of the two-game season series 4-3 in overtime on Nov. 5. Rookie forward Mark Arcobello scored his first two NHL in that one, including the winner. He was a healthy scratch Thursday. The Panthers fired coach Kevin Dineen after that loss and replaced him with Peter Horacheka. ... The Oilers put forward Steven MacIntyre on waivers for the purpose of sending him to Oklahoma City (AHL). ... Panthers D Mike Weaver missed the game with an illness. Forward Scott Gomez sat out for the eighth time because of a groin injury.

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