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HURRICANES FALL TO PANTHERS 4-2; TEAM RETURNS TO RALEIGH

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

FT. LAUDERDALE (September 20, 2000) - A pair of rookies scored for the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the league’s top goal-scorer. Pavel Bure notched a hat trick and added an assist as the Florida Panthers knocked off the Hurricanes 4-2 at the National Car Rental Center in the final game of Carolina's Florida exhibition campaign. The Hurricanes now return to Raleigh to continue practicing at the Entertainment and Sports Arena before taking on the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday in Atlanta.

Carolina got on the board first against the Panthers, when Josef Vasicek connected with fellow Czech prospect Jaroslav Svoboda from behind the net and Svoboda beat Florida goaltender Trevor Kidd at 15:56 of the first period. After a goal by Bure in the second tied the score at one, rookie defenseman Niclas Wallin, a 2000 Draft Pick, one-timed a pass from Vasicek past Kidd on the power-play to put the Canes back on top. But Bure answered with two more goals and an assist in the third -- the final goal on the empty net -- and the Panthers sealed the win at home.

The Hurricanes now resume practice at home in the Entertainment and Sports Arena with a trimmed-down roster, after the team reassigned 13 players on Wednesday. The remaining roster will be in attendance at the Hurricanes first-annual “Caniac Carnival,” which will take place on Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Admission and parking are free. The event features an open practice from 12:30-2:00 p.m., an autograph session with the entire team, locker room tours, photo opportunities, interactive exhibits and a Far Too Jones concert. For information, call (919) 467-7825.

Carolina will play two exhibition games in the Entertainment and Sports Arena before the regular season kicks off on October 7 against the Washington Capitals at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The Hurricanes take on the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m., and the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday, September 30.

For more information on training camp, contact Jerry Peters at (919) 861-5429 or Mike Sundheim at (919) 861-5477.

BOX SCORE:

First Period: Scoring: 1, Carolina, Svoboda 1 (Vasicek, Koehler), 15:56. Penalties: Adams, Car (kneeing), 0:32; Ratchuk, Fla (slashing), 5:28; Koehler, Car (interference), 9:07; Battaglia, Car (slashing), 12:58; Spacek, Fla (boarding), 18:53.

Second Period: Scoring: 2, Florida, P Bure 2 (Larionov, Spacek), 2:28. Penalties: Malik, Car (charging), 5:18; Ritchie, Car (hooking), 8:00; Karpa, Car (fighting major), 12:16; Tetarenko, Fla served by Novoseltsev (roughing, fighting major), 12:16; Wilson, Fla (roughing), 13:08; Jakopin, Fla (fighting major), 13:08; Adams, Car (fighting major), 13:08; Ritchie, Car (hooking), 18:07.

Third Period: Scoring: 3, Carolina, Wallin 2 (power play) (Vasicek, Gelinas), 2:38. 4, Florida, Spacek 1 (P Bure, Shvidki), 3:51. 5, Florida, P Bure 3 (power play) (Spacek, Hedican), 5:41. 6, Florida, P Bure 4 (empty net) (Sillinger, Shvidki), 19:53. Penalties: Ratchuk, Fla (hooking), 2:13; Macneil, Car (slashing), 3:57; Macneil, Car (roughing), 16:06; Sillinger, Fla (slashing), 16:06; Hedican, Fla (hooking), 16:39.

SHOTS ON GOAL

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Florida 7 12 8 --27

Power-play Conversions: Car - 1 of 5, Fla - 1 of 7. Goalies: Carolina, Pelletier (26 shots, 23 saves; record: 0-1-0). Florida, Kidd (32, 30; record: 1-0-0). A:12,728. Referees: Joannette, Peel. Linesmen: Brisebois, Racicot.

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