NHL Game Summary - Florida at Carolina
(Thursday, December 18th)
Final Score: Carolina 2, Florida 1 (OT)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Joe Corvo scored on a sensational individual effort with 44 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers in a Southeast Division matchup from RBC Center.
Corvo took a pass from Ray Whitney at the top of the slot and wound up for a shot, but fell to the ice after making contact with a Florida defender. He recovered, though, and skated the puck into the left circle, cutting between two defenders, before lifting a backhander past Tomas Vokoun.
Justin Williams netted his first goal since November 23 of last season while Whitney notched two assists for Carolina, which posted back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly a month. Cam Ward recorded 19 saves for Carolina, which last won three in a row from November 16-21.
Four of Carolina's last six games have gone to overtime, allowing the 'Canes to pick up points in six straight despite splitting those contests.
Rod Brind'Amour assisted on Corvo's game-winner for his 700th NHL assist. He became the fourth active player to have at least 700 assists and 400 goals -- joining Dallas' Mike Modano, Tampa Bay's Mark Recchi and Colorado's Joe Sakic.
Cory Stillman registered the lone goal for Florida, which ended its five-game road trip with consecutive losses after a three-game winning streak.
Vokoun stopped 35-of-37 shots from the 'Canes and took the hard-luck loss. The Panthers are now 8-10-1 as the visiting team this season.
Carolina started things with a power-play goal in the first after Jay Bouwmeester was called for hooking. Whitney fired a pass down low to the left of the net for Williams, who walked out in front and slid the puck past Vokoun into the far corner of the net with 5:08 remaining.
The 'Canes kept the pressure on in the first and throughout the second, but Vokoun stood tall in keeping it a one-goal game, making 15 saves in the first and stopping all 12 second-period shots -- with a little help from the post on a Whitney shot in the latter frame.
Ward, meanwhile, wasn't seriously tested but turned back all 13 shots he faced through two periods.
However, Florida was able to solve Ward 2:29 into the third. Stillman took a pass from Kamil Kreps in the neutral zone and broke in on net showing forehand, before switching to the backhand and flipping the disc through the legs of Ward.
Vokoun was perfect again with seven saves in the third and the Panthers were the aggressors down the stretch, but Ward was able to withstand the pressure and send the game to OT.
The Panthers and Hurricanes had split a pair of meetings this year with Carolina taking seven of the last 10 encounters overall...Florida is a dreadful 1-16 with a tie in its last 18 trips to RBC Center...Carolina is now 9-8-1 as the host this year and capped a brief two-game homestand. The 'Canes hit the road for four straight starting Saturday in Boston...Carolina activated defenseman Anton Babchuk from injured reserve earlier Thursday...Corvo also had an assist.
12/18 22:09:44 ET