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It didn’t take the Carolina Hurricanes long to get back on their game.
The Canes rebounded in nice fashion after a poor third period in
“We were all upset and angry by the way we performed (Wednesday night) and it’s not often you have the luxury of going right back at the team that just beat you, so certainly we wanted to prove something. But more importantly it was a divisional game,” Cullen said.
“We definitely came out with a purpose,” added goaltender John Grahame. “It was one of those things that we stressed in the last couple of days of practice. We wanted to be intense and I think that showed from the get-go. We had an extra little step, an extra jump. The way things ended the other night, everybody had their own opinion of what happened, so we wanted to play well.”
Cullen, re-acquired in an offseason trade from the New York Rangers, has scored nine of his 15 points so far on the power play.
“It’s fun to be back there and we have some really good players to play with,” said Cullen, who played on
Twice the Hurricanes went up by two goals in the second period, but went into the locker room clinging to a one-goal lead.
A 2-0 lead came after Chad LaRose forced a
The Panthers made it 2-1 less than a minute and a half later before Trevor Letowski rammed home a rebound on a hot shot by Jeff Hamilton after another Florida turnover deep it its zone. Letowski’s second of the season came 19 seconds after the Panthers scored.
Glen Wesley and Dennis Seidenberg both got caught flat-footed at the blue line late in the second and couldn’t catch Richard Zednik, who beat Grahame low with just 2:19 left in the period.
Less than 30 seconds into a Zednik tripping penalty, Brind’Amour’s pass from behind the net found
Brind’Amour was pleased the way the Canes stayed all business and didn’t let the talk surrounding Wednesday night’s “diving” penalties interfere with their play.
“You can’t worry about things you can’t control, what the refs are going to call,” the
NOTES: Brind’Amour has at least one point in 12 of 14 games. … Whitney saw his five-game goal scoring streak end. … Hamilton and Whitney have now each played 14 games without receiving a penalty. …