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Semin leads Hurricanes past Panthers

Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Alexander Semin scored twice in the third period to guide the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers.

Riley Nash had the other tally for Carolina, while Anton Khudobin made 37 saves. The Hurricanes snapped a two-game skid in which they were blanked by Columbus and Calgary.

Marcel Goc and Dmitry Kulikov had the goals for the Panthers, who have lost back-to-back contests. Tim Thomas made 36 stops.

Semin scored off an offensive zone faceoff 2:31 into the third to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead. Eric Staal won the draw and Semin's shot from the left circle went into the upper right corner of the net.

It became 3-1 at 8:57 on a short-handed tally. Nathan Gerbe was in the penalty box for high-sticking, but Staal's outlet pass put Semin on a breakaway. Semin went to the forehand to squeeze the puck by Thomas.

Kulikov scored with 5:39 left in regulation on a blast from well above the left circle.

Florida pulled Thomas in the final minute, but couldn't generate a decent scoring chance.

Nash notched his fifth goal of the season 3:37 into the second period on a rebound, but Goc put in the equalizer at 15:05 from in front off a pass from Jonathan Huberdeau.

Game Notes

Carolina leads the NHL with nine short-handed goals ... Since moving into PNC Arena at the start of the 1999-00 season, Carolina owns a 29-7-4 home record against Florida ... Florida was 0-for-5 on the power play, while Carolina was 0-for-2.

01/18 22:05:39 ET

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