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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 losing streak.

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 overturned.

"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 Jacques Martin.

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."

Game Notes

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

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