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LADD NOTCHES FOUR POINTS IN CANES ROOKIE VICTORY

Wednesday, 09.07.2005 / 12:56 PM / 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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 41 15 13 -8 28
J. Faulk 46 8 18 -14 26
J. Skinner 41 10 9 -7 19
E. Lindholm 46 9 10 -10 19
R. Nash 46 7 12 -4 19
J. Tlusty 39 11 7 -12 18
N. Gerbe 42 4 13 -2 17
V. Rask 46 6 9 -9 15
A. Sekera 44 1 14 -8 15
C. Terry 33 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 5 8 2 .916 2.32
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45