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Carolina Hurricanes 6, Florida Panthers 6 FINAL OT

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:27 AM

Associated Press

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Carolina Hurricanes 6, Florida Panthers 6 FINAL OT
Carolina Hurricanes 6, Florida Panthers 6

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) _ Playing his first NHL game, Brad Fast helped the Carolina Hurricanes avoid an embarrassing to their season.

Fast scored his first NHL goal with 2:26 left in the third period and Carolina tied the Florida Panthers 6-6 after squandering a four-goal lead Sunday.

``I never really expected or thought of scoring in my first game, said Fast, who was recalled from the American Hockey League on Saturday. ``It's a thrill for it to be the game-tying goal. That makes it even better.''

Fast tied the game at 6 with a wrist shot from the right circle to help the Hurricanes complete their own comeback. After going up 4-0 in the first period, Carolina trailed 6-4 in the third.

``As I was circling back (in the offensive zone), the puck squirted over to me,'' Fast said. ``I shot it towards the net. I know it hit something and wound up beating (goalie Roberto) Luongo. That's all I can remember. It's kind of a blur.''

Radim Vrbata, Jesse Boulerice, Rob Brind Amour, Erik Cole and Eric Staal also scored for the Hurricanes, who ended the season on a four-game winless streak (0-3-1).

Vrbata's first-period goal snapped Carolina's 0-for-30 power-play drought.

``We should have never gotten down when you are up 4-0,'' Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. ``That's the bottom line. The mental toughness, I guess, gets a good mark. The bad mark is we put ourselves in that position.''

Donald Audette had two goals and two assists for the Panthers. Christian Berglund also scored twice for Florida. Mikael Samuelsson and Kamil Piros had the other goals, while Olli Jokinen and Mike Van Ryn each had three assists.

``Six goals should be enough to win the hockey game,'' Jokinen said. ``We kind of quit playing in the last 10 minutes and they bounced back. It was a good game for fans, but we wanted to win, so we can t be satisfied.''

Carolina is winless in its last six visits to the Office Depot Center (0-5-1), but the tie enabled the Hurricanes to secure third place in the Southeast Division with 76 points. Florida finished fourth with 75 points.

``I give our team credit,'' Carolina center Kevyn Adams said. ``We ended up keeping them from getting two points and keeping them below us in the standings.''

Luongo, who set NHL records for most saves and most shots faced this season, stopped 26 shots. Carolina goalie Arturs Irbe was replaced by Kevin Weekes after Audette s second goal made it 6-4 at 6:23 of the third period.

It was Florida's third goal of the third period as the Panthers turned a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 lead.

``Both of their last two goals hit our guys before they went in,'' Luongo said. ``It's very disappointing to end the season like that.''

Staal brought Carolina to within a goal at 15:04 with a wrist shot through traffic before Fast tied it up.

``We didn't deserve to win,'' Carolina defenseman Sean Hill said. ``It's kind of fitting because they didn't deserve to win either. It was a fitting way for both teams to end the season.''

scoring summary
1st Period
05:21
CAR
PPG - Radim Vrbata (12) Tip-in - ASST: Josef Vasicek (25), Sean Hill (26)
1 - 0 CAR
08:22
CAR
Jesse Boulerice (6) Slapshot - ASST: Craig Adams (10), Kevyn Adams (12)
2 - 0 CAR
16:42
CAR
Rod Brind'Amour (12) Slapshot - ASST: Justin Williams (33), Erik Cole (23)
3 - 0 CAR
19:33
CAR
Erik Cole (18) Slapshot - ASST: Rod Brind'Amour (25)
4 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
01:14
FLA
Mikael Samuelsson (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Olli Jokinen (30), Mike Van Ryn (22)
4 - 1 CAR
15:48
FLA
Christian Berglund (4) Slapshot - ASST: Mathieu Biron (10)
4 - 2 CAR
16:03
FLA
PPG - Donald Audette (8) Tip-in - ASST: Mike Van Ryn (23), Olli Jokinen (31)
4 - 3 CAR
3rd Period
01:46
FLA
Christian Berglund (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Donald Audette (11), Kristian Huselius (20)
4 - 4 Tie
04:14
FLA
PPG - Kamil Piros (1) Snap shot - ASST: Donald Audette (12), Olli Jokinen (32)
5 - 4 FLA
06:23
FLA
Donald Audette (9) Tip-in - ASST: Kristian Huselius (21), Mike Van Ryn (24)
6 - 4 FLA
15:04
CAR
Eric Staal (11) Slapshot - ASST: Josef Vasicek (26), Damian Surma (1)
6 - 5 FLA
17:34
CAR
Brad Fast (1) Slapshot - ASST: Rod Brind'Amour (26), Erik Cole (24)
6 - 6 Tie
OT Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
02:10
FLA
Branislav Mezei  Elbowing (maj)
02:10
FLA
Branislav Mezei  Game misconduct
12:05
CAR
Jesse Boulerice  Interference
2nd Period
03:45
FLA
Donald Audette  Hooking - Obstruction
10:07
CAR
Allan Rourke  Slashing
12:07
FLA
Mikael Samuelsson  Roughing
12:07
CAR
Craig Adams  Roughing
12:07
CAR
Craig Adams  Cross checking
15:15
CAR
Josef Vasicek  Slashing
15:15
FLA
Lyle Odelein  Cross checking
15:48
CAR
Erik Cole  Unsportsmanlike conduct
3rd Period
03:35
CAR
Bret Hedican  Roughing
11:37
CAR
Radim Vrbata  Slashing
11:37
FLA
Andreas Lilja  Slashing
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Arturs Irbe
Arturs Irbe
SA: 31TOI: 46:23
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .806SH: 3 - 3
Kevin Weekes
SA: 8TOI: 18:37
Saves: 8EV: 8 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Roberto Luongo
SA: 32TOI: 65:00
Saves: 26EV: 22 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .813SH: 2 - 2
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