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Acciari scores, but no hat trick for Panthers in win against Hurricanes

Falls short of third straight, Driedger makes 42 saves

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

Acciari scores slick goal

FLA@CAR: Acciari restores Panthers' three-goal lead

Noel Acciari receives Jonathan Huberdeau's lead pass and snaps a goal past Petr Mrazek to make it 4-1

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Noel Acciari scored, and Chris Driedger made 42 saves for the Florida Panthers in a 4-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Saturday.

Brian Boyle and Jonathan Huberdeau each had a goal and an assist for the Panthers (18-12-5), who have won three in a row. Acciari, who had a hat trick in each of the past two games, did not become the first NHL player with three in a row.

"Over the course of the season, you get some goalie wins, that was one of them," Florida coach Joel Quenneville said. "He was great. He was square, patient, his rebound control was huge. He challenged at the right times. It was an outstanding game."


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Nino Niederreiter and Lucas Wallmark scored for the Hurricanes (22-12-2), who had a point in seven straight games (6-0-1). Petr Mrazek made 18 saves.

"We didn't get the bounces tonight, that's essentially all it was," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "Their goalie was great. You've got to give him a lot of credit. He made a ton of really nice saves, and I give their team credit for blocking a lot of shots (23). They were sacrificing and doing the things necessary to win a game, but I thought our game was solid."

Video: FLA@CAR: Dadonov starts the scoring on breakaway

Dreidger's third start of the season was the sixth NHL game of his seven-year professional career. His best save came during a busy first period when he lunged across the crease to stop a rebound by Warren Foegele.

"It felt like a lot of scrambly plays, and I just tried to stay behind them," the 25-year-old goalie said. "[Carolina] had a lot of shots through traffic, but our guys did a great job blocking shots. We just kind of built our game from there."

Acciari drove to the right circle for a wrist shot that gave the Panthers a 4-1 lead at 10:41 of the third period. It was his seventh goal in three games, including a 7-4 win against the Dallas Stars on Friday.

Evgenii Dadonov took Boyle's stretch pass and scored on a breakaway with a shot over Mrazek's blocker for a 1-0 lead at 7:07 of the first period.

Boyle redirected Aaron Ekblad's shot from the left point for a power-play goal to put the Panthers up 2-0 at 11:34 of the second period. Boyle did not have a point in the previous 10 games.

"When we get power-play opportunities on the road on a back-to-back, I won't say it's more important, but you really want to execute and steal momentum," Boyle said. "I think we did a good job of that."

Huberdeau extended the lead to 3-0 with a power-play goal at 26 seconds of the third period. He drew Mrazek out of position, drifted away from the slot and scored into an open net.

"It certainly helped getting that one right off the bat in the third to get a three-goal lead," Quenneville said. "[Carolina] is dangerous, and they press and they had some great zone time."

Carolina made it 3-1 at 9:16. Driedger stopped Dougie Hamilton's shot from the right point, but Niederreiter scored on the rebound. Niederreiter set up Wallmark below the right circle to make it 4-2 at 12:59.

"The boys kept battling," Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal said. "I love that we don't go away. We tried to find a way to win the game, but we came up short tonight."

Video: FLA@CAR: Huberdeau scores PPG in 3rd period


They said it

"I'm not here to get 80 points, but you want to contribute, especially when you get power-play chances. It's been dry a little bit. Last game, I missed the net a bunch. The mental aspect of the game is big, so it's always nice to get on the score sheet or be on the ice for a goal." --  Panthers forward Brian Boyle

Video: FLA@CAR: Boyle deflects in Ekblad shot for PPG

"It's frustrating for sure. We've played really good on the road, but we come home and we take a lot of penalties. I feel like we take a lot of penalties every game. It's tough to play some guys when we take a lot of penalties." -- Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen


Need to know

Huberdeau has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in the past three games. ... Florida was 0-4-1 in its previous five games against Carolina. ... Hurricanes forward Erik Haula had five shots in 15:15 after missing 15 games with a knee injury. ... Teravainen has five assists in a four-game point streak.


What's next

Panthers: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday (7 p.m. ET; SUN, FS-F, NHL.TV)

Hurricanes: At the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday (2 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNO, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Video: Huberdeau, Driedger pace Panthers to 4-2 victory

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