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THREE SEVENS = TWO POINTS: HURRICANES 7, FLORIDA 3

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes extended their home unbeaten streak to seven games with a 7-3 victory tonight against Southeast Division foe, the Florida Panthers as seven different Hurricanes players found the net. Hurricanes forward Rob DiMaio scored a goal and earned two assists and defenseman Marek Malik tallied three assists to lead the Carolina scoring attack.

“I thought we played a similar game against the Islanders, in that everybody contributed,” said Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice.

The Hurricanes home unbeaten streak matches a franchise record set during the 1985-86 seasonbetween March 15 and April 5. Tonight’s win also carried the Hurricanes record above the .500 mark to 17-16-5-2. The last time the Hurricanes were above .500 was in mid-October.

“We’ve definitely been shooting for it since the beginning of the year, to be better than .500,” said Hurricanes forward Rob DiMaio. We have a good opportunity here with a lot of home games to get well over that mark. So far, so good. We’re taking care of it at home.”

DiMaio scored his fifth goal of the season after he received a Bates Battaglia pass just inside the Carolina offensive zone. DiMaio went on to earn assists on two other Carolina goals for his second three-point night of the season.

Defenseman Glen Wesley began the Carolina scoring spree when he found the net at 7:12 of the first period on a slapshot from the blue line. Wesley later earned an assist on rookie forward Shane Willis’ first goal since returning from a back injury that kept him out of the lineup for five games (12/23, 12/27-1/3).

Willis netted his first goal since November 24 at Boston at 10:56 of the first period — his fifth point in the last two games. He earned four assists against the New York Islanders on January 7.

“It felt good. I’d been stuck at eight (goals) for a long time. To finally pop the one is kind of a monkey off your back,” said Willis.

Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour registered his second multi-point game since returning to the lineup on January 6. Brind’Amour earned an assist on Glen Wesley’s goal at 7:12 of the first period and scored his eighth goal of the season — fourth in two games — in breakaway fashion at 1:47of the second period.

Defenseman Marek Malik registered the first three-point night of his career as he earned assists on Wesley, Brind’Amour and Gelinas’ goals. Malik also played strong defensively. He stopped the high-scoring, fast-moving Pavel Bure as Bure beared down on Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe.

“I think our plan was simple. To stop Pavel Bure,” said Malik. “I played a simple game. We had to do little things, like take care of our end first. We can play a little bit on offense, too.”

Jeff O’Neill extended his scoring streak to five games as he earned an assist on Ron Francis’ tip-in goal at 9:28 of the second period. David Tanabe took the pass from O’Neill, fired the puck and Francis re-directed the shot past Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo

“I think we knew that it would be a tough game for them coming off the West coast trip,” said Francis. “We wanted to make sure we came out and played well early and fortunately we were able to do that and get a lead.

Francis’ goal brings him within one point of the legendary Phil Esposito on the NHL all-time points list. Francis has 1,589 points – 480 goals and 1,109 assists -- in his career.

The Hurricanes will play the second game of the home-and-home series against Florida on Friday night.

“I think they’ll be a little more rested," said Francis. "They get a couple of days at home before they play us Friday. I think they want to come out and win a hockey game, and I know we want to go down there and continue to play as well as we’ve been playing.”

BOX SCORE

  1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
Florida 0 2 1 3
Carolina 4 2 1 7

First Period: Scoring: 1, Carolina, G Wesley 2 (power play) (Brindamour, Malik), 7:12. 2, Carolina, Willis 9 (Gelinas, G Wesley), 10:56. 3, Carolina, Dimaio 5 (Battaglia, Wallin), 12:11. 4, Carolina, T Westlund 3 (Langdon, Wallin), 15:39. Penalties: Worrell, Fla (boarding), 5:17; Karpa, Car (hooking), 16:18.

Second Period: Scoring: 5, Carolina, Brindamour 8 (Dimaio, Malik), 1:47. 6, Florida, Whitney 8 (power play) (Boyle, P Bure), 6:35. 7, Carolina, Francis 8 (power play) (Tanabe, Oneill), 9:28. 8, Florida, Sillinger 8 (Whitney, Kozlov), 19:00. Penalties: Dimaio, Car (roughing), 5:26; Payer, Fla (roughing), 5:26; Brindamour, Car (Obstr hooking), 5:43; Sillinger, Fla (charging, roughing), 7:26; Payer, Fla (fighting major), 7:26; Dimaio, Car (fighting major), 7:26; Wallin, Car (interference), 10:12; Tanabe, Car (fighting major), 13:19; Nilson, Fla (fighting major), 13:19; Langdon, Car (fighting major), 13:39; Worrell, Fla (fighting major), 13:39.

Third Period: Scoring: 9, Florida, P Bure 22 (Nilson, R Svehla), 3:32. 10, Carolina, Gelinas 13 (Dimaio, Malik), 6:19. Penalties: R Svehla, Fla (slashing), 9:46; Pitlick, Fla (charging, roughing, misconduct), 16:05; Kozlov, Fla (elbowing), 16:05; Karpa, Car (roughing, misconduct), 16:05.

SHOTS ON GOAL
Florida   8 6 11 --25
Carolina   11 6 9 --26

Power-play Conversions: Fla - 1 of 3, Car - 2 of 6. Goalies: Florida, Kidd (7 shots, 4 saves), Luongo (12:11 of 1st period, 19, 15; record: 2-13-2). Carolina, Irbe (25, 22; record: 16-14-5). A: 8,732. Referees: Leggo, Stewart. Linesmen: Murray, M Pare.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS
Florida         Carolina        
  G A +/- Shots   G A +/- Shots
Adams
Boyle
Eriksson
Jakopin
Jokinen
Kozlov
Mellanby
Niedermayer
Nilson
Novoseltsev
P Bure
Payer
Pitlick
R Svehla
Sillinger
Ward
Whitney
Worrell
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
-2
-3
-1
-1
-2
-1
even
even
+1
-1
even
even
-1
even
-2
even
-2
even
1
3
1
0
0
3
3
3
1
0
3
0
1
1
3
0
2
0
Battaglia
Brindamour
Dimaio
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
Hatcher
J Daniels
Kapanen
Karpa
Langdon
Malik
Oneill
T Westlund
Tanabe
Vasicek
Wallin
Willis
0
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
1
1
2
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
1
3
1
0
1
0
2
0
+1
+1
+2
even
even
+1
+1
+1
even
even
+1
+2
even
+1
+2
+1
+1
even
0
3
1
3
3
2
2
1
1
0
0
3
2
1
1
0
0
3
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