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In charge of their own destiny with a chance to clinch the Southeast Division title on the last day of the regular-season, the Canes dropped a 4-3 decision to
“There is not a good feeling, there is nothing positive to take from tonight,” said coach Peter Laviolette. “It’s gut-wrenching.”
The Canes were 12-2-1 over a 15-game span to hold off the equally red-hot Caps, but lost three of their final four, including games against non-playoff teams
“It feels disgusting,” said Ray Whitney. “We just needed to win two of our last four and we go 1-3. The loss in
The Canes threw everything they had at the Florida net in the first two periods, amassing 35 shots against Tomas Vokoun and Craig Anderson, who replaced the starter in the second after Vokoun left with back issues, but Carolina put itself in a deep hole by allowing the Panthers to take a pair of two-goal leads.
Then came the frantic third period, in which the Canes outshot a reeling
However, it was a poor power play all night that haunted the Canes.
“Our power play was pretty average tonight and I don’t think we got the best performance out of everybody we needed to,” Whitney said. “As a group we certainly didn’t get enough great performances.”’
Florida’s fourth goal and eventual game winner was a back breaker, coming short-handed in the final 11.6 seconds of the second period after Eric Staal’s 38th of the season five minutes earlier on the power play pulled the Canes to 3-2. Radek Dvorak was able to beat Ward on the far side after spinning around forward Matt Cullen, who was the only
“The one with 11 seconds left in the period was a tough one to take,” Laviolette said.
Trevor Letowski gave the Canes a 1-0 lead 7:25 in when he slipped the puck between the legs of Vokoun from the side of the net. However, two defensive breakdowns led to a pair of
“We played hard,” said Bret Hedican. “I don’t think we left anything in the dressing room. We left it out there on the ice, which I’m proud to say. It was one of those nights where a couple of their shots went in and on our side they made the save then they had to get it. Hats off to
“I would love to be playing some more hockey,” added Hedican. “We worked so dang hard in this room with guys being injured and so many guys have stepped up to the plate. You can’t even look anywhere in this dressing room and not be proud. I’m proud to be associated with this group of guys.”