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Florida Panthers 2, Carolina Hurricanes 3 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:54 AM

Associated Press

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Florida Panthers 2, Carolina Hurricanes 3 FINAL
Florida Panthers 2, Carolina Hurricanes 3

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Trailing by two goals against a sharp goalie, the Carolina Hurricanes kept firing shots and crashing the net.

Unlike much of the season, that was enough for a comeback win.

Josef Vasicek scored the go-ahead goal with 11:51 left in the Hurricanes' 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Rod Brind'Amour and Kevyn Adams also scored for the Hurricanes, who rallied for just their third win in 27 games when trailing going into the third period. Craig Adams added two assists.

Carolina, eliminated from postseason contention Tuesday, has earned 26 points in its last 20 games.

``That game was typical of how the whole year has gone,'' said Brind'Amour, who scored his 10th of the season.

``The only difference is we scored when we needed to. You can count a number of games _ especially early in the season _ where we outplayed teams and outshot them and didn't get the goals we needed. Tonight we did.''

Nathan Horton and Niklas Hagman scored for the Panthers, and Roberto Luongo made 42 saves, giving him an NHL-record 2,219 on the season. That broke the mark of 2,214 set by Toronto's Felix Potvin in 1996-97.

Luongo got little help from the defense in front of him. Carolina outshot Florida 45-21 and put relentless pressure on Luongo in the final 30 minutes. The 24-year-old stopped Carolina's first 29 shots before allowing Kevyn Adams' goal with 10:29 in the second period.

``It was nice to see that we kept fighting and kept our foot on the gas ... and eventually some started to go in,'' Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said.

Luongo has faced 95 shots in the last two games, including a 4-3 overtime loss to New Jersey on Tuesday.

``He's a true competitor,'' Florida coach John Torchetti said. ``Until we turn it around, that's the bottom line, he's going to get beat until the end, the bitter end.''

After tying it early in the third, the Hurricanes went ahead when Vasicek flipped a shot from the faceoff circle. The puck went by Luongo, who was screened by Carolina's Craig Adams.

``You need to throw a lot of shots at him,'' Adams said. ``He's such a great goalie, if he sees it he's probably going to stop it. You're not going to score on too many first shots, so we had to get there for rebounds and get screens. That's something we talked about before the game.''

Horton scored 3:11 into the game for Florida, and the Panthers increased their lead when Hagman scored from between the faceoff circles at 5:35 of the second period. But the Hurricanes kept pressuring Luongo, taking a 24-8 edge in shots in the second.

Carolina finally broke through on its 30th shot. Luongo had trouble corralling a shot by Bret Hedican, and Radim Vrbata smacked the puck into the right post. Kevyn Adams beat Luongo to the loose puck in the crease.

Then, early in the second, Luongo stopped a shot by Craig Adams and a rebound attempt by Ryan Bayda. But Luongo never controlled the puck, falling backward as Brind'Amour finally scored in a crowd around the net to tie it at 1:43 of the third.

It epitomized the pressure Luongo was under all night.

``They took about seven whacks at it,'' Luongo said. ``It's hard to cover the puck when there's a guy right in the crease whacking at it every few seconds.''

scoring summary
1st Period
03:11
FLA
Nathan Horton (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Lyle Odelein (10), Pavel Trnka (13)
1 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
05:35
FLA
Niklas Hagman (10) Snap shot - ASST: Olli Jokinen (27)
2 - 0 FLA
10:29
CAR
Kevyn Adams (10) Snap shot - ASST: Radim Vrbata (12), Bret Hedican (16)
2 - 1 FLA
3rd Period
01:43
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour (10) Backhand shot - ASST: Ryan Bayda (3), Craig Adams (7)
2 - 2 Tie
08:09
CAR
Josef Vasicek (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Craig Adams (8), Allan Rourke (2)
3 - 2 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
00:43
FLA
Matt Cullen  Slashing against  Radim Vrbata
15:53
CAR
Ryan Bayda  Roughing against  Olli Jokinen
15:53
FLA
Olli Jokinen  Roughing against  Sean Hill
15:53
FLA
Olli Jokinen  Roughing against  Sean Hill
2nd Period
07:09
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Roughing against  Ryan Bayda
3rd Period
08:53
CAR
Jesse Boulerice  Fighting (maj) against  Darcy Hordichuk
08:53
FLA
Darcy Hordichuk  Fighting (maj) against  Jesse Boulerice
12:31
FLA
Andreas Lilja  Interference against  Josef Vasicek
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
SA: 45TOI: 58:07
Saves: 42EV: 36 - 39
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0
Arturs Irbe
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .905SH: 2 - 2