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Panthers Wrap-Up: Hurricanes 3, Panthers 2

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 1 1 0 2
Hurricanes 2 1 0 0 3
FLA - J. Huberdeau (9), J. Huberdeau (10)
CAR - J. Faulk (3), A. Semin (5), J. Staal (5)

SUNRISE, Fla — Jordan Staal, Alexander Semin, and Justin Faulk scored in Carolina's 3-2 win over Florida on Sunday night, giving the Hurricanes their second victory over the Panthers in as many nights.

Dan Ellis made 19 saves for Carolina after replacing Cam Ward with 11:04 left in the second. Ward stopped all 15 shots he faced before leaving the game with what appeared to be a leg injury.

"We played a good 15 minutes but you have to play the full 20 minutes. We need consistency every night for the full 60 minutes. We had our flashes tonight but obviously it’s not enough right now."

- Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen.
1. Minute Strike: Compared to Saturday night, the Panthers had a much better start to Sunday's game against Carolina but they still found themselves trailing by two goals after one period of play. Florida had six shots on Cam Ward in the first two and a half minutes and finished with 12 in the period. They put pressure on the Canes and Jonathan Huberdeau, Brian Campbell and Jerred Smithson all had quality chances but the Carolina goalie stopped them all. On the other end of the ice, Scott Clemmensen looked to have rebounded from the six goals in Raleigh as he stopped Carolina's chances. That was until 1:52 to play in the period as Justin Faulk intercepted a clearing pass and fired it far side for the goal. The Hurricanes struck a minute later (51.7 seconds left in the period) as Jiri Tlusty found Alexander Semin in front of the net.

2. The Kid Line: Like most of the season, the Kid Line, consisting of Huberdeau, Drew Shore and Peter Mueller continued to buzz around the Carolina zone all game. It started early with scoring opportunities for Huberdeau and Mueller. After Jordan Staal made it 3-0 in the second as he was all alone in front of the crease, Mueller went the physical route in collecting two huge open ice hits. Ward left the game with a lower body injury and the Kid Line got the Cats on the board with a beautiful sauce pass from Mueller to Huberdeau on the rush with 3:55 to play in the second.

3. Close But Not Enough: The effort was certainly there. They put pressure on the Hurricanes all night, outshot them by a 36-24 margin and were facing the back up for half the game. The Panthers put 15 shots on net but Dan Ellis stood strong in relief. Huberdeau made it a game with his second of the night off a great feed (once again) by Mueller with 54 seconds to play but the Panthers couldn't get the equalizer despite flying into the zone on several chances. For a weekend that was deemed the biggest of the season with eight swing points against the Southeast Division leaders, for Florida to come up with zero and fall eight points behind could be seen as a huge blow. The Cats are looking for good vibes and a win against a Division opponent will do that. It just hasn't been enough as they haven't played a full 60 minutes.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@LARRIE14: @FlaPanthers if you could play the whole game like you did in the last 5 minutes we'd be ok.

@srgrossman: So proud to have @JonnyHuby11 on this #FlaPanthers team. Most nights he IS the team. Thankful for the Kid line and all that they do #Future

@BarberaStephen: Where was that effort all game #FlaPanthers?

@84alloy: We're getting more shots on goal lately. They need to go in for it to matter though. #FlaPanthers

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Ryan Gluck: I don't even live in Florida... I'm a panther fan I don't understand what's happening to them they were amazing last year

Paxton Cargo: Grrr... This shits getting old in a hurry.

Sam Virtanen: Too bad huberdeau is the only cat who can produce. Good job hubershow!

Corey Dumas: This season is not stressing me out as much as other fans because I see a bright future for the cats! Markstrom,petrovic,Howden...and more next season! We will be one of the best teams in the league soon.

1. Playing almost two full games against Carolina this weekend, the Panthers finally got their first power play attempt 5:16 into the third period on Sunday.

2-3. Peter Mueller set him up, Jonathan Huberdeau knocked them home on both Panthers goals on Sunday. For the duo, it was their third multi-point and multi-goal game of the season.

15. The Kid Line led the way in shots. Led by Mueller's seven, Huberdeau added five and Drew Shore posted three as the trio recorded 42% of the team's 36 shots on the night. Florida as a team posted 15 of their 36 shots in the final period.

31. For the third straight game, Tyson Strachan recorded 23+ minutes, tying his career high with 23:26 of ice time. The blueliner actually was second for Florida in number of shifts with 31, two behind Filip Kuba's team high 33 on the night.

60. Carolina struck a minute apart late in the first period to take a 2-0 lead into the intermission as Justin Faulk and Alexander Semin each scored. Semin's came with 51.7 seconds left on the clock.

Peter Mueller
Yes the Canes got the win, but Mueller was all over the ice for the Panthers along with his line mates. He set up both Huberdeau goals with nice passes, led the Cats in shots and tied for the team lead in hits.

2 Assists, 2 Points, 7 Shots, 4 Hits, +2, 17:25 TOI
Florida has to move on this weekend and will have another Division opponent to look to bounce back against as they host the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. It will be the first of two games they meet in four days in Sunrise. Florida won the first game in Sunrise by a 6-3 final, scoring five times in the third period while the Jets won the only game in Winnipeg, defeating the Panthers 3-2 in overtime.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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