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Friday, February 7th
(All times Eastern)
Florida Panthers (22-28-7) at Carolina Hurricanes (25-21-9), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Florida Panthers will play their final game on
Friday night before the Olympic break as they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at
The Panthers have lost four of their last five games, including a 3-1 setback
to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. Scottie Upshall had a late goal in
the first period, but it was all Red Wings from there.
Tim Thomas made 30 saves and Tomas Kopecky notched the 100th assist of his
career when he sprung Upshall for a breakaway after the latter finished up
serving a slashing penalty and jumped out of the box.
Upshall scored with 26 seconds left, but it was one of only two shots in the
period for the Panthers and they had just six in the second one game after
notching a season-high 48 shots in Tuesday's win over Toronto.
"They out-worked us," Panthers head coach Peter Horachek said. "Simple as
The Hurricanes also picked up a loss last time out, falling 2-1 to the
Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. Carolina had won five of six going in and saw a
three-game winning streak at home snapped.
Riley Nash scored the only goal of the game for the Hurricanes and Anton
Khudobin made 25 saves in defeat.
"It was a good hockey team and both teams played well," said Carolina head
coach Kirk Muller. "We played our game plan, they just played theirs a little
Carolina is five points back of Detroit for the eighth spot in the Eastern
Conference and will host Montreal on Saturday to wrap up a four-game
The Hurricanes have lost seven of their past 11 versus the Panthers, but did
notch a 3-2 home victory over them on Jan. 18. Alexander Semin scored twice,
Nash had a goal and Eric Staal notched a pair of assists to support 37 saves
Marcel Goc and Dmitry Kulikov had the goals for the Panthers, while Thomas
made 36 stops.
Florida lost for the third time in its past four trips to Carolina.
02/07 10:45:11 ET