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Panthers 6, Hurricanes 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Panthers 6, Hurricanes 3
Carolina Hurricanes 3, Florida Panthers 6

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -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."

scoring summary
1st Period
08:09
FLA
Gary Roberts (1) ASST: Olli Jokinen (2), Chris Gratton (1)
1 - 0 FLA
13:06
CAR
Eric Belanger (1) ASST: Mike Commodore (1), Scott Walker (2)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
07:30
FLA
Martin Gelinas (1) ASST: Stephen Weiss (1), Todd Bertuzzi (5)
2 - 1 FLA
17:01
FLA
SHG - Olli Jokinen (2) ASST: Stephen Weiss (2), Mike Van Ryn (1)
3 - 1 FLA
18:30
CAR
Scott Walker (1) ASST: Eric Belanger (2)
3 - 2 FLA
19:49
FLA
Gary Roberts (2) ASST: Olli Jokinen (3)
4 - 2 FLA
3rd Period
01:14
FLA
Olli Jokinen (3) ASST: Bryan Allen (1)
5 - 2 FLA
11:40
CAR
PPG - Andrew Hutchinson (1) ASST: Bret Hedican (1), Justin Williams (3)
5 - 3 FLA
18:39
FLA
PPG - Stephen Weiss (2) ASST: Jozef Stumpel (3), Todd Bertuzzi (6)
6 - 3 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
02:01
CAR
Justin Williams  Slashing
04:08
FLA
Olli Jokinen  Hooking
05:40
FLA
Chris Gratton  Hooking
09:46
CAR
Scott Walker  Interference - Goalkeeper
17:34
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Hooking
2nd Period
05:13
FLA
Branislav Mezei  Delaying the game
08:44
CAR
Glen Wesley  Holding
15:45
FLA
Martin Gelinas  Holding
3rd Period
04:45
FLA
Gregory Jacina  Hooking
11:09
FLA
Mike Van Ryn  Hooking
14:07
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Slashing
17:37
CAR
Erik Cole  Tripping
goalie stats
John Grahame
John Grahame
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .806SH: 0 - 1
Alex Auld
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .914SH: 0 - 0
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