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game recap

Hurricanes 4, Panthers 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 4, Panthers 3
Florida Panthers 3, Carolina Hurricanes 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.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:24
CAR
Matt Cullen (11) ASST: Bret Hedican (8), Cory Stillman (25)
1 - 0 CAR
15:41
FLA
Olli Jokinen (15) ASST: Gary Roberts (10), Chris Gratton (7)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
00:43
FLA
Gary Roberts (8) ASST: Olli Jokinen (21)
2 - 1 FLA
04:39
CAR
Eric Staal (25) ASST: Glen Wesley (4)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
09:38
CAR
Justin Williams (14) ASST: Erik Cole (18), Kevyn Adams (2)
3 - 2 CAR
12:41
CAR
PPG - Rod Brind'Amour (14) ASST: Eric Staal (24), Martin Gerber (2)
4 - 2 CAR
18:29
FLA
PPG - Olli Jokinen (16) ASST: Joe Nieuwendyk (7), Stephen Weiss (12)
4 - 3 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
01:20
FLA
Steve Montador  Too many men/ice - bench
06:10
FLA
Joel Kwiatkowski  Hooking against  Eric Staal
08:21
CAR
Mike Commodore  Tripping against  Joel Kwiatkowski
08:33
FLA
Nathan Horton  Tripping against  Glen Wesley
09:56
FLA
Lukas Krajicek  Interference against  Rod Brind'Amour
12:45
FLA
Olli Jokinen  Hooking against  Justin Williams
13:00
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour  Hooking against  Jozef Stumpel
16:12
FLA
Sean Hill  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
2nd Period
03:16
CAR
Justin Williams  Holding against  Gregory Campbell
03:16
FLA
Gregory Campbell  Roughing against  Justin Williams
06:06
FLA
Gary Roberts  Hooking against  Kevyn Adams
12:29
FLA
Steve Montador  Tripping against  Niklas Nordgren
13:13
FLA
Martin Gelinas  Holding the stick against  Matt Cullen
17:10
FLA
Steve Montador  Holding against  Matt Cullen
19:29
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Holding against  Matt Cullen
3rd Period
01:29
FLA
Chris Gratton  Hi-sticking against  Eric Staal
06:11
FLA
Martin Gelinas  Interference against  Oleg Tverdovsky
07:23
CAR
Erik Cole  Interference against  Rostislav Olesz
11:48
FLA
Lukas Krajicek  Hooking against  Justin Williams
12:15
FLA
Joel Kwiatkowski  Interference against  Ray Whitney
14:04
CAR
Chad LaRose  Holding against  Jozef Stumpel
17:28
CAR
Niklas Nordgren  Too many men/ice - bench
17:28
CAR
Matt Cullen  Slashing against  Alexei Semenov
19:32
CAR
Aaron Ward  Hooking against  Olli Jokinen
19:46
FLA
Joe Nieuwendyk  Holding the stick against  Rod Brind'Amour
20:00
CAR
Mike Commodore  Slashing against  Olli Jokinen
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
SA: 39TOI: 58:59
Saves: 35EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 15 - 16
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0
Martin Gerber
SA: 25TOI: 59:37
Saves: 22EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .880SH: 7 - 7