|FLA||1||1||1||(0 - 0)||3|
|CAR||1||1||2||(0 - 0)||4|
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Peter Laviolette had plenty of reason to feel frustrated about the Carolina Hurricanes' inability to score on the power play.
But, instead, the coach looked at the man-advantage goal they managed to score.
"It won the game for us," he said. "Take the positive from it."
Rod Brind'Amour scored in the third period for the team's only power-play goal in 15 chances, helping the Hurricanes beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Friday night.
Justin Williams put Carolina ahead to stay with a third-period goal, and Eric Staal and Matt Cullen also scored. Martin Gerber made 22 saves for the Hurricanes, who won all five games on their 11-day homestand despite coming up empty on their first 13 power-play chances.
Carolina's 15 power plays were the most for the franchise since it relocated here from Hartford for the 1997-98 season. It was also the most in franchise records, dating to the 1980s; the franchise had 13 chances three times, most recently in a 7-0 win against Pittsburgh four years ago.
The Southeast Division leaders came into the game ranked eighth in the NHL with 40 goals in 209 power plays, including a 3-for-9 effort in Tuesday's 6-4 win against Tampa Bay.
"It was a tough game, no question," Brind'Amour said. "I think if we had lost that, it would have been bad. But because we won, nobody's going to look back and say, 'Oh, what about this power play or that one?'
"It was a game where it wasn't pretty, but we got the job done."
Laviolette figured his team had about a dozen good scoring opportunities with the man advantage.
"The chances were there," he said. "We just didn't put them in the back of the net."
Olli Jokinen had two goals and an assist to lead the Panthers, who have lost all three meetings with Carolina this season. Gary Roberts also scored and had an assist, but missed on a prime chance to tie it in the final minute.
"I thought we competed hard," Florida coach Jacques Martin said. "We made some mistakes, but we had to face a lot of adversity."
Florida was called for 17 minor penalties, compared to Carolina's nine.
"That's embarrassing. That's all I'm going to say," said Florida defenseman Sean Hill, who was with the Hurricanes during their run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2002. "The Hurricanes are a great team, they don't need any help. It just seemed like it wasn't called very consistent."
Erik Cole found Williams for the go-ahead goal at 9:38 of the third period. Cole sent a one-handed pass to a trailing Williams while tussling with Joe Nieuwendyk, and Williams beat Roberto Luongo straightaway for a 3-2 lead.
Brind'Amour gave Carolina a 4-2 lead to end Carolina's futility on the power play, taking a pass from Staal along the boards and beating Luongo from the right side at 12:41.
Florida had a chance to tie it late after getting a 5-on-3 goal from Jokinen off a pass from Nieuwendyk that cut the deficit to 4-3 at 18:29.
Later, Stephen Weiss sent a perfect pass to a cutting Roberts, who should have had an easy putaway at the right post with Gerber on the other side of the net. But Roberts couldn't corral the puck, which hit the side of the net with about 40 seconds left.
Notes: Cory Stillman's assist on Cullen's first-period goal was his seventh in four games. ... Carolina came in with 46 points in 33 games, four better than the previous franchise-best set in 1986-87 when the team was the Hartford Whalers. ... Jokinen extended his point streak to six games.
|Matt Cullen (11) Backhand shot - ASST: Bret Hedican (8), Cory Stillman (25)|
1 - 0 CAR
|Olli Jokinen (15) Tip-in - ASST: Gary Roberts (10), Chris Gratton (7)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Gary Roberts (8) Tip-in - ASST: Olli Jokinen (21)|
2 - 1 FLA
|Eric Staal (25) Wrist shot - ASST: Glen Wesley (4)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Justin Williams (14) Snap shot - ASST: Erik Cole (18), Kevyn Adams (2)|
3 - 2 CAR
|PPG - Rod Brind'Amour (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Staal (24), Martin Gerber (2)|
4 - 2 CAR
|PPG - Olli Jokinen (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Nieuwendyk (7), Stephen Weiss (12)|
4 - 3 CAR
|Steve Montador Too many men/ice - bench|
|Joel Kwiatkowski Hooking against Eric Staal|
|Mike Commodore Tripping against Joel Kwiatkowski|
|Nathan Horton Tripping against Glen Wesley|
|Lukas Krajicek Interference against Rod Brind'Amour|
|Olli Jokinen Hooking against Justin Williams|
|Rod Brind'Amour Hooking against Jozef Stumpel|
|Sean Hill Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Justin Williams Holding against Gregory Campbell|
|Gregory Campbell Roughing against Justin Williams|
|Gary Roberts Hooking against Kevyn Adams|
|Steve Montador Tripping against Niklas Nordgren|
|Martin Gelinas Holding the stick against Matt Cullen|
|Steve Montador Holding against Matt Cullen|
|Jay Bouwmeester Holding against Matt Cullen|
|Chris Gratton Hi-sticking against Eric Staal|
|Martin Gelinas Interference against Oleg Tverdovsky|
|Erik Cole Interference against Rostislav Olesz|
|Lukas Krajicek Hooking against Justin Williams|
|Joel Kwiatkowski Interference against Ray Whitney|
|Chad LaRose Holding against Jozef Stumpel|
|Niklas Nordgren Too many men/ice - bench|
|Matt Cullen Slashing against Alexei Semenov|
|Aaron Ward Hooking against Olli Jokinen|
|Joe Nieuwendyk Holding the stick against Rod Brind'Amour|
|Mike Commodore Slashing against Olli Jokinen|
|SA: 39||TOI: 58:59|
|Saves: 35||EV: 20 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 15 - 16|
|SV%: .897||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 25||TOI: 59:37|
|Saves: 22||EV: 12 - 14|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .880||SH: 7 - 7|