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LADD NOTCHES FOUR POINTS IN CANES ROOKIE VICTORY

Wednesday, 09.7.2005 / 12:56 PM ET / News
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LADD NOTCHES FOUR POINTS IN CANES ROOKIE VICTORY
'Canes defeat Panthers 5-2 in first game of tournament

OTTAWA, Ont. -
The Carolina Hurricanes played their first game of the 2005 Ottawa Senators NHL Rookie Tournament on Tuesday at Ottawa's Corel Centre, and skated away with a 5-2 win against the Florida Panthers. Andrew Ladd, the Hurricanes' first-round (4th overall) draft pick in 2004, notched two goals and had two assists to lead Carolina's squad.

The Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead when Ladd won a battle behind Florida's net and got the puck to defenseman Jakub Vojta, a fourth-round pick of the 'Canes in the 2005 draft. Vojta swung the puck to free-agent tryout and former Western Michigan standout Vince Bellissimo who banged it past Florida goaltender David Shantz. Later in the period, Ladd got the puck to Bellissimo who found linemate and Michigan State alumnus Kevin Estrada in the slot. Estrada beat Shantz on a one timer to put Carolina ahead 2-0.

In the second frame, Ladd, Bellissimo and Estrada wasted no time extending the lead to 3-0 when Ladd scored his first of two goals - the eventual game-winner - just 45 seconds into the period. Florida scored twice to bring the game to 3-2 on goals by defenseman Martin Lojek and forward Joel Ward, but free-agent tryout Mark Stathopoulos closed the period's scoring when he banged home a pass from defenseman Danny Richmond (Carolina's second-round, 31st overall, choice in 2003) to put Carolina ahead 4-2. Ladd closed the game with an empty-net goal to wrap up a four-point night in his first game wearing Hurricanes red.

Justin Peters, the Hurricanes' second-round (38th overall) choice in the 2004 draft, started the game in net and stopped 23 of 24 shots he faced in the game's first 29:51. Kevin Nastiuk, Carolina's fourth-round (126th overall) selection from 2003, replaced Peters near the game's halfway point and stopped 19 of 20 Panthers' shots.

The Hurricanes' rookie squad will next face the Toronto Maple Leafs' rookie team, led by former Carolina coach Paul Maurice, now coach of the Leafs' American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. Faceoff is set for 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Corel Centre. Please visit CarolinaHurricanes.com for further updates from Ottawa.

Notes: Bellissimo led the Hurricanes with a plus-four rating, while linemates Estrada and Ladd and defenseman Richmond posted plus-three marks - Bellissimo also led the Hurricanes, winning 11 of 16 faceoffs (69%) -Carolina out-shot Florida 44 to 28 on the game… Despite five power plays between the teams, neither squad converted with an extra attacker, though the Hurricanes - first goal was scored four-on-four as Florida defenseman Ryan Stephenson and Estrada each served minor penalties.

Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
Carolina 2 2 1 5
Florida 0 2 0 2

FIRST PERIOD
Scoring: 1, Carolina, Bellissimo (Vojta, Ladd), 8:32. 2, Carolina, Estrada (Bellissimo, Ladd), 15:56. Penalties: Stephenson, Fla (hooking), 2:12; Estrada, Car (hooking), 6:55; Swanson, Fla (holding the stick), 7:46; Lovell, Car (interference), 16:17.

SECOND PERIOD
Scoring: 3, Carolina, Ladd (Bellissimo, Estrada), 0:45. 4, Florida, Lojek (Globke, Olesz), 4:47. 5, Florida, Ward (Caron), 11:02. 6, Carolina, Stathopoulos (Richmond, Barnes), 16:31.
Penalties: Tidball, Car (fighting), 2:42; Legault, Ott (fighting), 2:42; Day, Car (slashing), 5:22; Lojek, Fla (interference), 14:30; Lojek, Fla (hooking), 19:25.

THIRD PERIOD
Scoring: 7, Carolina, Ladd (Carson, Bellissimo), 19:48 (empty net).
Penalties: none

OVERTIME
Scoring: none.
Penalties: none.

Shots on Goal
1st
2nd
3rd
TOTAL
Carolina
8
8
12
28
Florida
16
18
10
44

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72