NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Florida|
(Sunday, March 3rd)
Final Score: Carolina 3, Florida 2
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Jordan Staal scored the eventual game-winner to
help the Carolina Hurricanes sweep a home-and-home set with a 3-2 victory over
the Florida Panthers.
Justin Faulk and Alexander Semin each had a goal for the Hurricanes, who have
won three straight and four of their last five.
Cam Ward started in net and stopped all 15 shots he faced before leaving in
the second period with a leg injury. Dan Ellis allowed two goals on 21 shots
"We've played very strong defensively," Ellis said. "We've started to develop
our team identity."
Jonathan Huberdeau scored both goals for the Panthers, who have dropped
three straight and five of six. Scott Clemmensen allowed three goals on 24
shots in the loss.
Clemmensen was called upon after it was reported earlier Sunday by a Canadian
broadcast outlet that usual starter Jose Theodore has a torn right groin and
may require surgery. Later on, the Panthers reported Theodore and defenseman
Dmitry Kulikov were placed on injured reserve.
The Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead with 1:52 left to play in the opening frame
when Faulk's one-timer from the right point found its way through traffic.
It was a 2-0 game one minute later when Semin left the puck at the right point
for Jiri Tlustly, who then fed the puck down to Semin as he was behind the
defense and slid the puck in for his fifth of the season.
The score was 3-0 at the 6:10 mark of the second when Jeff Skinner came around
the net from the right side and sent it out from where Staal one-timed it
Florida, though, made it a two-goal game with 3:55 to play in the second as
Peter Mueller's pass from the right boards went to the slot where Huberdeau
re-directed it into the net.
Late in the game with Clemmensen pulled for an extra attacker, the Panthers
cut their deficit to one. Brian Campbell was stopped on a breakaway, but
Mueller picked up the puck and from the left boards he sent it to the right
where Huberdeau was all alone for his 10th of the season with 54.6 seconds
"It's the win that's important. I don't care if I score two goals and we
lose," Huberdeau said. "We have to work harder."
The hosts were unable to get any pressure in the Carolina end before
Florida recalled goaltender Jacob Markstrom from San Antonio of the AHL, but
Markstrom's pads arrived late, causing goaltending coach Rob Tallas to take
warmups as Clemmensen's backup ... The Panthers also recalled defenseman Nolan
Yonkman from San Antonio ... Carolina hosts Buffalo on Tuesday ... Florida
hosts Winnipeg on Tuesday ... The Hurricanes have won two of the three games
with the Panthers this season ... Carolina was 0-for-2 on the power play
while Florida was 0-for-1.
03/04 00:19:47 ET