NHL Game Summary - Florida at Carolina
(Saturday, April 7th)
Final Score: Carolina 5, Florida 4 (OT)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Rod Brind'Amour scored with just 24 seconds left in overtime to lift Carolina past Florida, 5-4, in the final game of the season for both teams.
David Tanabe scored twice for the Hurricanes, who came back from a 4-1 deficit in the third period to stun the Panthers.
In the extra session, Brind'Amour scooped up a loose puck in the neutral zone and skated into the Florida zone with a defender trailing him. From in close, Brind'Amour brushed off a defenseman and slid the puck through the legs of Craig Anderson to give the 'Canes the win.
John Grahame made 35 saves for the Hurricanes, who wrapped up their disappointing season with a record of 40-34-8. Carolina won the franchise's first Stanley Cup title in 2006, but became the first team since the 1995-96 New Jersey Devils to miss the postseason after winning the Stanley Cup the previous year.
Olli Jokinen had a goal and two assists and his three points gave him a new career high of 91 for the Panthers, who ended the season with a 35-31-16 record.
Anderson finished with 48 saves while Ville Peltonen had a goal and two assists in the loss.
The Panthers struck first and grabbed a 1-0 lead 5:28 into the opening period. On the power play, Peltonen pounced on a loose puck that was just outside the crease and fired it past Grahame.
Jokinen made it 2-0 at 8:35 of the first with his 39th goal of the season.
Tanabe's tally 5:46 into the second stanza made it a 2-1 contest as Carolina got on the board. Less than two minutes after Tanabe's goal, Jay Bouwmeester scored to give the Panthers their two-goal lead back.
Martin Gelinas then finished off a 2-on-1 odd-man rush with his 14th goal of the season at 12:14 of the second to make it 4-1.
It was all Carolina the rest of the way as they tallied three unanswered goals to tie the score.
With the 'Canes on the power play, Tanabe netted his second goal of the contest to make it 4-2 at 5:31 of the third.
With 7:47 remaining in the contest, Erik Cole pulled Carolina within a goal and they then completed the comeback and tied the game at 4-4 with 4:23 left in regulation after Eric Staal tapped home a rebound in front.
In the extra session, Bryan Allen was awarded a penalty shot but was stopped by Grahame, who made a blocker save.
The Hurricanes took seven of eight games this season against the Panthers and have won eight of the last nine meetings overall...Gelinas' goal was his 300th career tally in the NHL.
04/07 22:11:09 ET