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Cats Pounce Over the Hurricanes

Wednesday, 10.11.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Cats Pounce Over the Hurricanes

Olli Jokinen Named #2 Star by NHL.com

The Florida Panthers had another strong offensive game at home.

Gary Roberts and Olli Jokinen each scored twice to help the Panthers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 Wednesday night, keeping the defending Stanley Cup champions winless this season.

Florida, which beat Boston 8-3 in its opener, has scored a franchise-best 14 goals in its first two home games. The Panthers' previous high was 10 in 1995-96.

Florida has one goal in two road games.

"If I knew the answer to (why), we would be scoring more on the road," said Panthers center Stephen Weiss, who had a goal and two assists. "We're definitely playing well at home, if we can get our road game going it will be more points for us."

Martin Gelinas also scored for Florida, and Jokinen and Todd Bertuzzi each had two assists.

Eric Belanger, Scott Walker and Andrew Hutchinson scored for Carolina (0-3-1), which has been outscored 18-7 this season. The Hurricanes' longest winless streak last season was four games.

"We know we've got to get in the win column and turn this thing around," Hurricanes defenseman Bret Hedican said. "And we've got to start as soon as possible."

Alexander Auld stopped 32 shots for Florida. John Grahame, making his first start for Carolina, had 26 saves.

"It was an exciting night," said Grahame, who was signed as a free agent in July. "I was looking forward to getting in there and helping the team. My team's fighting it a little bit and the goalie needs to come up big. It was a good opportunity for me and I think I let everybody down."

Roberts opened the scoring at 8:09 of the first period when he beat Grahame with a wrist shot over his left shoulder.

Jokinen gave Florida a 3-1 lead with the Panthers' first short-handed goal of the season at 17:01 of the second. Jokinen easily skated around center Eric Staal to beat him 1-on-1 before flipping the puck over a diving Grahame.

"In the second period we started shooting the puck and guys were going to the net," Jokinen said. "We got 18 shots in the second period. That was the turning point in the game."

Walker cut the lead to 3-2 at 18:30 with a slap shot that beat Auld over his right pad.

Roberts' second goal came with 10.4 seconds left in the second period and push Florida's advantage to 4-2.

"Anytime you can score late in the period it's a big boost," Roberts said. "Olli made a great play in the corner and I just got enough on it."

Jokinen made it 5-2 at 1:14 of the third when he beat Grahame to the short side with a long slap shot.

"I thought there were some people that gave good skating efforts, but again I'd have to say they skated probably better than we did," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said "And it's a skating game right now.

"We need to get better."

Carolina went 1-for-8 on the power play, making the Hurricanes 3-for-27 on the season.

"I don't know that the game was a 6-2 game or 5-2 game," Carolina captain Rod Brind'Amour said. "It was pretty evenly matched. We were both getting chances. They just scored on theirs and we didn't and our power play wasn't very good, and that's the difference."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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