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'Canes Sink Cats 5-2

Friday, 03.03.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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\'Canes Sink Cats 5-2

Erik Cole and Eric Staal each had two goals to help the Carolina Hurricanes tie a franchise record for home victories by beating the Florida Panthers 5-2 Friday night.

Craig Adams also scored for the Hurricanes, who improved to an NHL-best 26-5-1 at home. That equaled the previous mark set 19 years ago when the team played in Hartford, but they'll have to wait nearly two weeks to break it.

Nine of Carolina's next 10 games are in the road, a stretch that begins Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

Bret Hedican and Cory Stillman each finished with two assists.

Florida lost for the second time in three games and remained well outside the playoff race in the Eastern Conference. With the trade deadline less than a week away, a decision will have to be made on high-priced center Olli Jokinen.

Chris Gratton and Serge Payer scored for the Panthers.

Staal deflected in a shot by Hedican - an instant after Cole also got his stick on it - to put Carolina ahead early in the first period. Cole made it 2-0 on a beautifully executed 3-on-1 less than 4 minutes into the second.

He started it off by feeding the puck in the middle to Stillman, and it quickly went to Hedican before coming back to Cole. A quick shot got past Roberto Luongo.

Gratton cut the margin to one about 60 seconds later with a power-play goal. After Adams increased it again, Payer made it 3-2 with a wraparound that narrowly got through Gerber's pads.

Cole got his second during a late man-advantage, and Staal added an empty-netter in the final minute.

Notes: The announced crowd of 18,094 was just short of a sellout, which would have been Carolina's third in four games. ... Florida C Joe Nieuwendyk went to the locker room with an apparent injury early in the second period, but later returned. ... Before the game, the Hurricanes assigned D Anton Babchuk to Lowell of the AHL.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 63 22 16 -8 38
J. Huberdeau 60 9 27 4 36
J. Jokinen 62 6 28 0 34
A. Ekblad 63 10 23 8 33
B. Boyes 61 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 59 12 19 -9 31
J. Hayes 54 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 63 3 20 3 23
A. Barkov 52 10 12 -4 22
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 5 6 2 .891 2.98
 
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