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Florida Panthers 1, Carolina Hurricanes 3 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Florida Panthers 1, Carolina Hurricanes 3 FINAL
Florida Panthers 1, Carolina Hurricanes 3

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The Carolina Hurricanes' solid play in the opening period didn't go to waste for a change.

Sean Hill and Pavel Brendl scored first-period goals to lead the Hurricanes over the Florida Panthers 3-1 Monday night.

``There's been a lot of games where we've come out and dominated the first period and we'll walk away 1-0 down, 2-0 down,'' Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. ``It was nice to get some rewards for the work.''

Kevin Weekes stopped 20 shots and Rod Brind'Amour had an empty-net goal for Carolina, which won its first home game since Jan. 8.

With goaltender Roberto Luongo on the bench, Juraj Kolnik scored with 49.3 seconds left for Florida, losers of two in a row.

Hill scored on the power play at 4:33 of the first period when he sent a low slap shot from the left point past Luongo after taking a pass from Marty Murray. It was Hill's seventh goal of the season.

``We knew we needed definitely a better start,'' Hill said. ``In New Jersey there was a lack of intensity and tonight we came with more intensity, more fire in our game and it paid off for us.''

The Hurricanes went up 2-0 at 14:17 when Brendl scored his fifth of the season on a breakaway. Carolina failed to score on a five-on-three power play in the second when Eric Beaudoin and Mike Green were each called for penalties at 12:41.

In the third period, Florida took three more penalties and were unable to mount much offense until Hill was called for tripping with under four minutes left.

Carolina was 1-for-8 on the power play and Florida went 0-for-6.

``Our power play didn't get us anything tonight,'' Florida forward Olli Jokinen said. ``We got a lot of power plays. We had one at the end of the first period. Then we started the second period with one and the third period, too. We had chances to come back.''

Luongo settled down after a shaky first period and finished with 20 saves.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:33
CAR
PPG - Sean Hill (7) Slapshot - ASST: Marty Murray (7), Josef Vasicek (15)
1 - 0 CAR
14:17
CAR
Pavel Brendl (5) Tip-in - ASST: Jeff O'Neill (18)
2 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
19:10
FLA
Juraj Kolnik (9) Slapshot - ASST: Kristian Huselius (14), Olli Jokinen (18)
2 - 1 CAR
19:59
CAR
EN - Rod Brind'Amour (6) Slapshot - ASST: Erik Cole (17)
3 - 1 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
02:48
FLA
Andreas Lilja  Hooking against  Erik Cole
05:57
CAR
Bruno St. Jacques  Tripping against  Matt Cullen
09:44
CAR
Bruno St. Jacques  Interference against  Vaclav Nedorost
19:32
CAR
Eric Staal  Interference on goalkeeper against  Roberto Luongo
2nd Period
05:07
FLA
Lyle Odelein  Slashing against  Josef Vasicek
07:33
FLA
Lukas Krajicek  Hooking against  Rod Brind'Amour
09:31
CAR
Sean Hill  Holding against  Byron Ritchie
12:41
FLA
Mike Green  Hooking - Obstruction against  Radim Vrbata
12:41
FLA
Eric Beaudoin  Slashing against  Bruno St. Jacques
19:39
CAR
Sean Hill  Hooking - Obstruction against  Matt Cullen
3rd Period
03:05
FLA
Marcus Nilson  Roughing against  Jeff O'Neill
03:05
FLA
Marcus Nilson  Roughing against  Jeff O'Neill
11:37
FLA
Olli Jokinen  Slashing against  Craig Adams
12:25
CAR
Jeff O'Neill  Hooking against  Lyle Odelein
12:25
FLA
Lyle Odelein  Slashing against  Jeff O'Neill
16:51
CAR
Sean Hill  Tripping against  Donald Audette
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
SA: 22TOI: 58:23
Saves: 20EV: 10 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .909SH: 2 - 2
Kevin Weekes
SA: 21TOI: 59:40
Saves: 20EV: 12 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .952SH: 4 - 4
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