NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Florida
(Wednesday, November 4th)
Final Score: Florida 3, Carolina 0
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Tomas Vokoun made 32 saves, including 21 in the opening period, to post his second consecutive shutout, as the Florida Panthers defeated the spiraling Carolina Hurricanes, 3-0, at BankAtlantic Center.
Vokoun turned aside all 34 shots in Saturday's 4-0 triumph in St. Louis.
Steven Reinprecht, Cory Stillman and Bryan Allen each scored in the third period for the Panthers, who have won three straight overall.
"We were sluggish (at the start), but we survived it," Vokoun said.
Cam Ward stopped 22 shots for the Hurricanes, who set a franchise record with their 10th consecutive loss. Carolina also played its first game without top forward Eric Staal, who is considered week-to-week with an upper-body injury.
"We couldn't find any holes," said Carolina forward Jussi Jokinen. "We had a lot of good chances but we couldn't score."
Florida broke the scoreless tie at 5:09 when Stillmam fired a wrister from the left circle that went off of Reinprecht in front of the net.
Stillman lit the lamp on the power play with 6:16 left and Allen's empty-net tally sealed the victory with 2:01 remaining.
It was the 33rd shutout of Vokoun's career...Staal missed a game for the first time since his rookie season of 2003-04, ending a streak of 349 consecutive regular-season appearances...Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason returned to the lineup after missing five straight games due to an upper-body injury...Both clubs play on Friday. Carolina returns home to battle the Maple Leafs, while the Panthers host Washington.
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