NHL Game Summary - Florida at Carolina|
(Saturday, January 18th)
Final Score: Carolina 3, Florida 2
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
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.
"He was sharp again today and made the game look easy," Hurricanes coach Kirk
Muller said of Khudobin. "He made some really huge saves."
Marcel Goc and Dmitry Kulikov had the goals for the Panthers, who have lost
back-to-back contests. Tim Thomas made 36 stops.
"We made mistakes that were preventable," Thomas said. "That's what's
frustrating to me right now."
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
Florida pulled Thomas in the final minute, but couldn't generate a decent
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
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
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