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Preview: Hurricanes at Panthers

Canes have come from behind to win three straight in extra time

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

SUNRISE, Fla. - The Carolina Hurricanes aim to extend their season-opening win streak to four games when they visit the Florida Panthers.

The Hurricanes have won each of their first three games in extra time, with two overtime wins and one shootout victory.

"I think it just shows that the guys believe in each other already, which is great, and I think they understand how to play to be successful. Our game, they trust it," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "Still some things to shore up, but I like the effort. You can't fault that. It's been right there from the get-go."

Comeback Kids

Not only have the Canes won three straight games in overtime or shootout to begin the season, but they've also come from behind in the third period in each of those victories.

Just 3-20-3 a season ago when trailing after two periods, the Canes are already 3-0-0 when entering the third period in a deficit this season.

PROJECTED LINEUP

"We've got a resilient group in here. We've got to learn how to not put ourselves in those holes," said Jaccob Slavin, who was the overtime hero against Tampa Bay on Sunday. "It's definitely a confidence builder for the group. Hopefully we can continue on that path."

Video: TBL@CAR: Slavin rips one-timer for OT winner

The Canes are the 13th team in NHL history to overcome a deficit to win each of their first three games, and they've started 3-0-0 for just the second time in franchise history (1995-96).

"Our team doesn't quit," said Dougie Hamilton, who is tied for the team lead in points with four (1g, 3a). "We just keep going."

Roddy Nears 50

Brind'Amour enters Tuesday's game in Florida with a 49-29-7 record through 85 games as head coach of the Hurricanes. He was the fastest coach in franchise history to achieve 20, 30 and 40 wins, and he's a victory away from becoming the fastest to reach the 50-win mark; Peter Laviolette recorded 50 wins in 96 games.

Haula, Haula Bill, Y'All

A knee injury ended Erik Haula's 2018-19 season in early November, so it had been nearly 11 months since he last played a regular-season game.

The Finnish forward is making up for lost time, having scored three goals in his first three games with the Canes. With his power-play goal against Tampa Bay on Sunday, Haula became the sixth player in franchise history to score a goal in each of the team's first three regular-season games, and of those six players, he's the first to do so in his first season.

Video: TBL@CAR: Haula puts home rebound for PPG

"He works hard," Brind'Amour said of Haula after Opening Night. "It's nice to see a newcomer contribute right away. I think that's going to help him feel good about where his game is."

The Opposition

The Panthers opened the season with a home-and-home set against the Tampa Bay Lightning and went 1-1 in those two games. The Lightning took the first game at home, while the Panthers, led by Mike Hoffman's hat trick, responded two nights later with a 4-3 win in their home opener.


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