NHL Game Summary - Florida at Carolina
(Saturday, November 5th)
Final Score: Carolina 2, Florida 0
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Martin Gerber stopped 27 shots for his first full shutout of the season and Carolina scored twice in the third period, as the red-hot Hurricanes posted a 2-0 victory over Florida at the RBC Center.
Rod Brind'Amour and Niclas Wallin each tallied in the game's final nine minutes to help Carolina to a franchise-record tying seventh straight win.
"It seems like we're winning them different ways," said Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette. "The Toronto game (Thursday) was different than the four previous games, and this one was a little bit different. The guys stuck with it, and they deserve a ton of credit because we came out in the third period and got the job done."
Roberto Luongo also made 27 saves in the loss, the Panthers' fourth in a row.
Both goalkeepers shined over the first 2 1/2 periods and the game was scoreless until the Hurricanes cashed in a power-play opportunity with 8:31 left.
With Florida's Nathan Horton in the box for tripping, Oleg Tverdosky corralled a loose puck behind the Panthers' net and fed it to Brind'Amour, who whistled a wrist shot over Luongo's shoulder with just four seconds remaining on the man advantage.
"Again the specialty teams were the difference," said Panthers head coach Jacque Martin. "They got a power-play goal, and I don't think we were good enough on our power play. We didn't generate anything on our power play."
Just over three minutes later, Eric Staal and Erik Cole created a 2-on-1 opportunity. Cole's initial pass was broken up, but Staal got the loose puck and backhanded it to Wallin, whose one-timer gave the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead with 5:25 to go.
The assist was Staal's 15th of the season and extended his consecutive points streak to eight games.
Florida failed to mount any serious scoring threats the rest of the way.
The Hurricanes owned a 13-3 shot advantage in the first period, but Luongo withstood each chance.
"It could have been over for (Luongo) in the first period," said Laviolette. "Our guys were really jumping out of the gate."
Florida controlled play through much of the second 20 minutes, outshooting Carolina 12-5, but failed to solve Gerber.
The only other time the Carolina/Hartford franchise won seven in a row came in March of 1985...The Hurricanes moved to 7-0 at home on the season and set a club mark for consecutive victories on home ice...Brind'Amour's goal was his eighth of the season...Gerber and Cam Ward combined to blank Washington on October 22. The shutout was the fourth of his career...Carolina defenseman Glen Wesley left the game in the third period with a lower leg injury...Staal has six goals and 13 assists during his streak...Florida has lost five straight in the RBC Center.
11/06 00:01:56 ET