NHL Game Summary - Florida at Carolina
(Monday, February 16th)
Final Score: Carolina 3, Florida 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Kevin Weekes made 20 saves in Carolina's 3-1 victory over Florida at the RBC Center. Weekes came within 50 seconds of setting a new franchise record with his seventh shutout of the season.
Sean Hill and Pavel Brendl scored for Carolina, which had been winless in its previous six games (0-4-2).
Juraj Kolnik scored and Roberto Luongo turned aside 20 shots for Florida, which has lost two in a row after winning its previous three games.
Carolina opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 4:33 of the first period. Hill took a drop pass from Marty Murray and beat Luongo glove side from the high slot.
Brendl gave the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead when he fired the puck between the pads of Weekes on a breakaway at 14:17 of the opening period. The play started with a kick save by Weekes in the Carolina zone. Jeff O'Neill collected the rebound and fired a pass to center for a streaking Brendl.
"There's been a lot of games where we've come out and we've dominated the first period and we'll walk away 1-0 down, 2-0 down. It was nice to get some rewards for the work," said Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette.
Luongo made 10 saves in the second period, including four on a two-minute 5- on-3 disadvantage, to prevent the Panthers from falling further behind and Carolina remained in front by two goals after 40 minutes of play.
The Hurricanes also failed to take advantage of a four-minute 5-on-4 in the middle stanza, but Weekes had to make just five saves to keep Florida off the board.
Kolnik beat Weekes with a one-timer from the right circle off a feed from Kristian Huselius to cut the Carolina lead to 2-1 at 19:10 of the third period.
Weekes was not tested in the final 50 seconds and Rod Brind'Amour scored into an empty net with one second remaining.
"I thought Weeksie really made some big saves, and took some rebound chances away from us," said Florida head coach John Torchetti.
Carolina won for the first time at home in eight games (1-5-2)...Florida dropped to 1-5-2 in its last eight games in Raleigh...The Hurricanes finished 1-for-8 on the power play, while Florida failed on six opportunities with the extra skater.
02/16 23:51:44 ET