RALEIGH, N.C. - Roberto Luongo made 24 saves, Willie Mitchell scored 4:09 into the third period and the Florida Panthers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 Friday night for their third straight win.
Mitchell got his first goal of the season on a slap shot to put Florida up 1-0. He beat goalie Cam Ward to the glove side, and Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov picked up assists. It was just the 34th goal for Mitchell in 894 NHL games.
Reilly Smith added an empty-net goal with 21 seconds left.
The Panthers have outscored opponents 12-2 during their three-game streak and have beaten Carolina five straight times, including 4-1 in the teams' first meeting Oct. 13.
Carolina fell to 4-2-1 over its last seven games. Cam Ward made 16 saves.