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REVIEW: HURRICANES 2, FLORIDA 1 in OT

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- Former Carolina Hurricane goaltender Trevor Kidd could only do so much for the Florida Panthers.

Kidd made 40 saves but allowed rookie Josef Vasicek to score the tying goal late in regulation and Bates Battaglia to notch the game-winner on a breakaway 1:41 into overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes rallied for a stunning 2-1 victory.

Carolina had many scoring chances through the first 55 minutes but were unable to get anything past Kidd. But one bounce of the puck was all it took to start the comeback.

With just over four minutes left in regulation, Carolina defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh took a drop pass from Martin Gelinas at the top of the left faceoff circle and fired a shot on net. Vasicek managed to deflect the puck over Kidd's right shoulder while cutting through the slot to knot the game at 1-1.

Moments after Kidd made a spectacular pad stop on defensman Glen Wesley early in overtime, Ozolinsh chipped the puck away from Florida's Ray Whitney to Battaglia, who skated the length of the ice before firing a shot through Kidd's pads for his sixth goal.

Carolina climbed within one game of the .500 mark and grabbed sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division, one point ahead of Washington.

Rookie Serge Payer scored a shorthanded goal for Florida, which managed only four shots over the final 21 minutes, 41 seconds and 19 on the game.

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
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First Period: Scoring: None. Penalties: Barrie, Fla (high sticking),0:14; Karpa, Car (elbowing), 14:53; Malik, Car (hooking), 17:05.
Second Period: Scoring: 1, Florida, Payer 3 (shorthanded) (Jokinen),16:45. Penalties: Ozolinsh, Car (hooking), 5:50; Jakopin, Fla (elbowing),15:31; Simpson, Fla (roughing), 20:00.
Third Period: Scoring: 2, Carolina, Vasicek 5 (Ozolinsh, Gelinas),14:12. Penalties: P Bure, Fla (slashing), 2:58; Karpa, Car (interference),6:21; Barrie, Fla (holding stick), 9:05.
Overtime: Scoring: 3, Carolina, Battaglia 6 (Ozolinsh), 1:41.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Carolina149145--42
Florida

7
8
3
1
--19

Power-play Conversions: Car - 0 of 5, Fla - 0 of 4. Goalies: Carolina,Irbe (19 shots, 18 saves; record: 8-7-3). Florida, Kidd (42, 40; record:4-6-2). A:13,008. Referees: Angus, Faucette. Linesmen: Nowak, Racicot.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS

CarolinaFlorida
GA+/-ShotsGA+/-Shots
Adams
Battaglia
Brindamour
Dimaio
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
Halko
Kapanen
Karpa
Langdon
Malik
Oneill
Ozolinsh
T Westlund
Tanabe
Vasicek
Willis
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
even
+1
+1
+1
-1
even
+1
even
-1
+1
even
even
even
+1
even
even
+1
-1
0
3
3
2
5
1
3
1
5
3
1
2
4
1
0
1
3
4
Adams
Barrie
Eriksson
Hedican
Jakopin
Jokinen
Kozlov
Larionov
Niedermayer
Nilson
Novoseltsev
P Bure
Payer
Pitlick
R Svehla
Simpson
Whitney
Worrell
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
even
even
+1
-2
-2
even
even
-1
-1
-1
even
even
+1
even
+1
even
-1
even
1
1
1
2
1
0
3
0
1
2
0
0
2
1
1
0
2
1
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