NHL Game Summary - Florida at Carolina|
(Tuesday, March 13th)
Final Score: Carolina 3, Florida 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Scott Walker's goal with 15.3 seconds left in
the second period was the game-winner, as Carolina topped Florida, 3-1, at RBC
Cory Stillman and Rod Brind'Amour also scored for the Hurricanes, who won for
the second time in three games. John Grahame stopped 26-of-27 shots, raising
his record to 8-11-2.
Jozef Stumpel tallied for the Panthers, who lost for the second time in their
last six. Ed Belfour made 31 saves in the loss.
Florida defenseman Ruslan Salei was sent off for delay-of-game with 1:24
remaining in the second, and on the ensuing power play, Walker hacked away at
a loose puck in the crease and knocked it over a fallen Belfour to give
Carolina a 2-1 lead.
Brind'Amour added insurance on a back-breaking shorthanded goal with 5:18 left
in regulation when he tapped a bouncing pass from Chad LaRose a few inches off
the ice and through Belfour's pads.
"There's always that green light to go when you have those opportunities,"
said Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette. "It was a great pass by Rosey and
Roddie going to the net to get a piece of it. That green light is always open,
not so much when you're outnumbered or at the end of a shift, but when you get
an opportunity like that, you've got the green light to go."
The win, coupled with a Rangers loss to Ottawa in New York and the
Islanders' loss in Montreal, puts Carolina in a tie for seventh spot in the
East with the Islanders at 78 points.
Stillman put the Canes on the board with 4:36 to go in the first period, when
he had all day to chip the puck into an open net off the rebound of Erik
Cole's wrister for his fourth of the season.
With 8:39 left in the second, Florida drew even as Stumpel dipped from the
right side to the left, eluding two defenders, before slipping a backhander
past Grahame on the far side.
Carolina has won five straight against Florida, and 11 of the last 14 meetings
dating back to the start of last season...Walker's power-play marker was the
first for Carolina in its last seven games, and gave him 20 goals on the
season, the sixth Hurricane to reach the 20-goal mark...Florida has not won in
Raleigh since 2002, a span of 11 games.
03/13 23:05:14 ET