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Tlusty scores twice, Khudobin stops 35 shots to lead Hurricanes to 3-0 win over Panthers

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 10:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Tlusty scores twice, Khudobin stops 35 shots to lead Hurricanes to 3-0 win over Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. - Jiri Tlusty scored twice and Anton Khudobin stopped 35 shots to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

Khudobin recorded his first shutout this season and the third of his career. His last shutout was March 31, 2013, at Buffalo. Jeff Skinner also scored for the Hurricanes.

Dan Ellis started the second period in relief of Roberto Luongo and made 18 saves. Luongo left the game after the first period with an upper body injury sustained in a collision with Carolina's Radek Dvorak. The Panthers described it as a precautionary measure. Luongo stopped 11 of 12 shots.

Dvorak was assessed a game misconduct at 12:48 of the first when he crashed into Luongo and sent him into the net, knocking it off its moorings. Florida's Erik Gudbranson was assessed a roughing penalty for engaging Dvorak in retaliation.

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