NHL Game Summary - Florida at Carolina
(Saturday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Florida 2
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Matt Cullen had a goal and an assist to the lead the Hurricanes past the Florida Panthers, 4-2, at the RBC Center.
Rod Brind'Amour and Jeff Hamilton each collected a pair of assists for Carolina, which has won two of three. Trevor Letowski, Chad LaRose and Cory Stillman also scored, while John Grahame made 22 saves in his first start at home.
Jay Bouwmeester and Richard Zednik scored for Florida, which had two-game winning streak broken. Tomas Vokoun allowed four goals on 40 shots.
During the second period, the teams combined for three goals in a 1:54 span.
Brind'Amour continued to work his magic from behind the cage, centering the puck to LaRose, who roofed it over Vokoun to make it 2-0 with 13:36 remaining in the second.
Bouwmeester countered 1:35 later to cut the margin in half when he crept in from the point and snapped a feed from Olli Jokinen past Grahame.
It took Carolina 19 seconds to answer back, as a high shot from the point handcuffed Vokoun. Letowski was on the doorstep and pounced on the rebound to restore the Hurricanes' two-goal cushion.
Late in the period, Zednik's individual effort made it 3-2. He used his speed to split the defensemen and jump on a loose puck. Then Zednik moved the disc from the forehand to the backhand and beat Grahame with 2:19 left.
Stillman provided insurance in the third with a power-play goal. Cullen took the shot from the left point and Stillman deflected it past Vokoun with 8:53 remaining.
A high-sticking penalty on Nathan Horton in the final minute halted any chance at a comeback for the Panthers.
"We knew that they were going to come hard," said Panthers coach Jacques Martin. "In the first, our goalie gave us a chance and kept us in the game."
Carolina cashed in on the power play at the 8:34 mark of the opening stanza. Brind'Amour was lurking behind the net and threw the puck to Hamilton at the point, who one-timed it on net. Vokoun made the first save, but Cullen, stationed in front of the goal, banged home the rebound to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead.
A sprawling save by Grahame on Horton preserved the lead heading into the first intermission.
"I thought the power play moved the puck really well," said Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette. "We not only moved the puck, but moved around really well. It seems to be we're at our best when there is a lot of movement, just guys jumping in and out of holes, side to side, down low, up high, we're able to create chances from that."
Carolina has won nine of the last 11 meetings...Stillman extended his point streak to seven games, while Cullen now has a six-game point streak...Carolina's Ray Whitney had his five-game goal-scoring streak broken...Carolina was 2-for-4 on the power play, while Florida was 0-for-2...The last time Florida won in Carolina was a 2-0 triumph on December 6, 2002.
11/03 23:49:07 ET