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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 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 45 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 45 6 21 5 27
J. Huberdeau 42 8 17 1 25
J. Jokinen 44 4 21 -2 25
B. Boyes 43 10 11 2 21
J. Hayes 37 13 7 -1 20
S. Bergenheim 34 7 9 1 16
A. Barkov 34 5 9 -5 14
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 11 8 .920 2.43
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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