Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Panthers Storm Past Hurricanes

     The Florida Panthers finished off a four-game homestand with a 3-2 win in a shootout over the Carolina Hurricanes at BB&T Center on Tuesday night. The Panthers had lost their three previous games in Sunrise.
     Florida(29-23-10) waited until their second power play to get on the scoreboard at 12:35 of the first period. Jonathan Huberdeau was in the low left circle and centered the puck to Jaromir Jagr. He scored on a snap shot from the low slot for his 12th goal of the season and 761st goal in his NHL career.
     The Panthers kept their momentum for the rest of the frame and made it 2-0 with 3:23 left in the first. Reilly Smith fired a slapshot from the top left circle which was saved by Cam Ward. Vincent Trocheck put in the rebound from the top of the crease and compiled his team-high 22nd goal of the campaign.
     Carolina(25-25-9) cut the deficit midway through the second period at 9:46. Lee Stempniak sent the puck from behind the Panthers cage to Teuvo Teravainen in the right corner. He returned it back to Stempniak on the left side of the crease for him to score.
     In the third period, the Canes managed to tie the contest 2-2 at 5:48. Victor Rask let go a slapshot from the top slot. Roberto Luongo made the initial save and then Sebastian Aho swept in the rebound from the crease area.
     The game went into a shootout and the Cats claimed victory. Aleksander Barkov scored on their first attempt as he slowly approached the net and put in a backhand shot. Huberdeau clinched it when he also scored on a backhand during their third attempt.

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