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Recap: Canes Score Four Unanswered Goals, Beat Panthers

Hamilton notches game-winning goal

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

The Carolina Hurricanes erased a two-goal deficit and scored four unanswered goals to get back in the win column with a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Dougie Hamilton scored what held up as the game-winning goal and finished the night with two points. Teuvo Teravainen recorded three assists in the Canes' second win against Florida this season.

Here are five takeaways from Hockey Fights Cancer Night in Raleigh.

1. Start to Finish

After surrendering two early goals to the Panthers, the Hurricanes didn't panic. After all, they were in the situation the Philadelphia Flyers were on Thursday - and look how that game turned out.

No, the Canes didn't panic. They stuck with the game plan, scored four unanswered goals and locked down a Panthers team that's shown in the last week it's more than capable of erasing multi-goal deficits en route to winning a game.

"That was about as good a game as you're going to get," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "That's one of the best teams in the league, and we didn't give them much."

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"I think it was a good effort for everyone, all around," Dougie Hamilton said. "We made sure that we held it down." 

"Kudos to us for sticking with it. We didn't get down on ourselves," Brett Pesce said. "We did a good job sticking to our game plan."

2. Down Early …

In 18 short seconds, the Hurricanes found themselves in an early 2-0 hole with two tough defensive shifts.

Off an offensive zone faceoff win, the Panthers were able to isolate Aaron Ekblad with a subtle pick play on Ryan Dzingel, allowing Ekblad to weave into the slot and score on a backhander.

"It was a good play by them," Brind'Amour conceded.

On the next shift, Brian Boyle had Dzingel frozen along the near wall before beating him to the slot and roofing a shot by Petr Mrazek.

"We didn't get the puck out on the wall. It's on our stick, and [Boyle] is just kind of hanging out," Brind'Amour said. "That's going to happen."

3. … But Not Out

Before the dust settled from Boyle's goal, the Hurricanes got on the board, potentially the goal that helped sway the momentum in the contest. Brett Pesce hammered a point shot that rattled in past Sergei Bobrovsky.

Video: FLA@CAR: Pesce nets one-time slap shot

"Pesce's shot was unreal," Hamilton said.

"I'm probably going to frame that stick," Pesce joked. "Let's be honest, I'm not going to shoot that hard ever again."

Joel "six-game point streak" Edmundson recorded the secondary assist on his defensive partner's goal. Edmundson, who has tallied two goals and six assists over his last six games, has doubled his previous career-best point streak - and he's even doing it without his lucky stick(s).

4. Necas Ties It

Pesce's goal helped settle the Hurricanes. They didn't have to change anything. They could stick to what they were doing.

"Even though we got down, we were playing fine," Brind'Amour said. "I just love the fact that we just didn't change one bit what we were doing. It doesn't always work out that way, but to get right back in it after we got down two, that was a big goal."

With five-and-change left to play in the first period, Martin Necas fired home a one-timer from the left circle to equalize the score at two.

Video: FLA@CAR: Necas nets one-timer from the circle

"We spread them out with D-to-D passes," Hamilton said. "Marty found some quiet space and made a great shot."

Necas now ranks tied for third among all NHL rookies in both goals (6) and points (16), and 10 of those points (4g, 6a) have come in 11 November games.

"He's definitely comfortable now," Brind'Amour said. "He's still maturing physically and learning the game, but he's come a long, long way for sure."

5. Dougie Fresh

In the last couple of minutes in the second period, Dougie Hamilton found an opening, accepted a feed from Teravainen and pounded it through Bobrovsky's five-hole for the goal that would be the difference.

Video: FLA@CAR: Hamilton beats Bobrovsky five-hole

"Turbo has really, really good vision," Hamilton said. "Good forwards making good passes to the D, and we're just trying to do our best."

Hamilton is the first defenseman in the NHL to reach the 10-goal mark this season. The last defenseman to accomplish that feat in franchise history was Mark Howe in 1979-80.

"He's been unbelievable," Pesce said of his fellow blue-liners. "t's impressive to me how well he's playing defensively, too."

Andrei Svechnikov recorded the secondary assist on Hamilton's goal, extending his point streak to seven games (4g, 6a), becoming the first teenager to reach that mark in team (since relocation) history. Seven games is the longest point streak by a Hurricanes skater this season.

In the final two periods, the Canes out-shot the Panthers, 26-17. Mrazek was good when he needed to be. And that was that, until Svechnikov found the empty net to seal his team's victory.

Video: FLA@CAR: Svechnikov pots late empty-netter

"I thought our D played exceptionally well. That was really the difference," Brind'Amour said. "I just thought they really shut down the other team. We didn't give them too much."

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It's off to Detroit for the Hurricanes, who face off with the Red Wings on Sunday evening.

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