NHL Game Summary - Florida at Carolina|
(Saturday, November 17th)
Final Score: Carolina 2, Florida 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Rod Brind'Amour scored twice, as Carolina edged
the Florida Panthers, 2-1, at the RBC Center.
Cam Ward allowed one goal on 28 shots for Carolina, which snapped a two-game
Nathan Horton had the lone goal for the Panthers, who have lost six of their
last eight contests (2-5-1). Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves in the loss.
Florida's Bryan Allen was whistled for tripping and it only took the
Hurricanes 11 seconds to strike on the power play, as Brind'Amour
beat Vokoun with 10:08 remaining in the first. Cory Stillman passed the puck
from the corner to Brind'Amour in front, and he snapped the puck past the
stick-side of Vokoun.
Brind'Amour's goal at the 2:44 mark of the third extended Carolina's lead to
2-0. There was a mad scramble in front of Vokoun and the puck trickled in the
net. However, the play was initially ruled no goal, because the officials
thought Brind'Amour kicked the puck in, but after review, the play was
"The official told me that's what they saw (the puck being kicked in), but I
guess upstairs they had a different interpretation," said Florida coach
Horton's power-play tally made it a 2-1 game with 6:01 remaining. He flipped
an innocent looking shot towards the goal and Ward simply missed it.
In the final five minutes, Carolina killed a two-man advantage for 1:23 with
arguably two of the team's best penalty killers, Brind'Amour and Glen Wesley,
in the box to secure the win.
"I thought we did a great job," said Carolina coach Peter Laviolette. "We had
lots of chances to push the score and just couldn't seem to get it to drop.
Hitting posts and everything else. Those are the types of games that scare
you a little bit."
Wesley played in his 1,400th game, only the 26th player in league history to
reach that milestone...Brind'Amour has points in 16 of 21 games for the
Hurricanes, including all 12 of their wins...Carolina has won 10 of 11 and 11
of the last 13 meetings...Florida has gone (0-13-1) in its last 14 trips to
Raleigh since posting a 2-0 win on December 6, 2002...Carolina improved to
8-1-2 when scoring first...This was the fourth meeting of the season between
the clubs in the last 17 days with Carolina winning three of four.
11/18 02:43:55 ET