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Cats Roar Against Canes

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:41 AM

Associated Press

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Cats Roar Against Canes
Carolina Hurricanes 1, Florida Panthers 4

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -The Carolina Hurricanes' unexpected winning streak came to an end at Florida on Saturday night.

Michael Frolik and Kamil Kreps scored in a 1:11 span of the first period, Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves and the Florida Panthers beat Carolina 4-1 to snap the Hurricanes' winning streak at seven games.

Cory Stillman scored late in the third period, and Kreps added an empty-net goal to help Florida win its second straight game after a seven-game losing streak.

Justin Peters made 26 saves while suffering his first career loss following three straight wins. Jussi Jokinen scored his 25th goal for Carolina.

 

 
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"Giving up two goals early in the game was really a big test for me to mentally stay with it," Peters said. "I was able to stay strong and give the team a chance."
Frolik scored his 16th goal with 6:02 left in the first period. Dmitry Kulikov's pass toward the crease deflected of Carolina's Joni Pitkanen and Frolik quickly put the puck into the net.

Kreps made it 2-0 when he took a pass from Nick Tarnasky in the slot and fired the puck between Peters' legs. Tarnasky grabbed the puck after Carolina's Alexandre Picard failed to clear from near the left side boards.

Florida's first-period goals came after Tarnasky and Carolina's Jay Harrison fought 1:15 into the game. Three nights earlier, Florida's Gregory Campbell and Tarnasky were involved in fights just five seconds in during a 7-4 win against Philadelphia.

Coincidence or not, Tarnasky might have set the tone against Carolina.

"It was one of our best first periods of the year because we were so physically involved," Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said.

Carolina pulled to 2-1 on Jokinen's goal at 7:58 of the third.

"When we made it 2-1, I figured it was just a matter of breaks and bounces around the net at that point (before we tied it)," Hurricanes coach Jason Karmanos said.

After Vokoun stopped Brandon Sutter's shot from the right circle, the goalie went to his knees and reached for the puck just as Jokinen hit the puck. The puck popped up and over Vokoun and into the net.

"It's not about shutouts, it's about winning games," said Vokoun, who is tied for the league-high with seven shutouts this season.

Stillman scored his 12th goal when he wristed a shot from the slot past Peters.

The Hurricanes failed to score during a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:42 of the second period.

"That was the big difference - we played great in penalty killing," Frolik said.

Carolina won its last five games before the Olympic break, before winning 5-1 at Toronto on Tuesday night and beating Ottawa 4-1 on Thursday night.

NOTES: Carolina G Cam Ward (back) is listed day-to-day. He has missed eight games. ... It was the sixth and final meeting for the teams, with each winning its three home games. ... Florida will begin a three-game trip (Minnesota, Colorado, San Jose) on Tuesday night. ... Carolina continues its three-game trip at Atlanta on Sunday and Washington on Wednesday night. ... Florida has 499 franchise victories.
scoring summary
1st Period
13:58
FLA
Michael Frolik (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Dmitry Kulikov (11), Bryan McCabe (24)
1 - 0 FLA
15:09
FLA
Kamil Kreps (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Nick Tarnasky (1)
2 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
07:58
CAR
Jussi Jokinen (25) Wrist shot - ASST: Brandon Sutter (16), Tuomo Ruutu (18)
2 - 1 FLA
16:30
FLA
Cory Stillman (12) Slapshot - ASST: Steve Reinprecht (21), Bryan McCabe (25)
3 - 1 FLA
18:54
FLA
PPG - EN - Kamil Kreps (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Cory Stillman (17), Bryan McCabe (26)
4 - 1 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
01:15
CAR
Jay Harrison  Fighting (maj) against  Nick Tarnasky
01:15
FLA
Nick Tarnasky  Fighting (maj) against  Jay Harrison
11:53
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu  Hi-sticking against  Michael Frolik
14:25
FLA
Bryan Allen  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Gleason
14:25
CAR
Tim Gleason  Fighting (maj) against  Bryan Allen
15:32
FLA
David Booth  Slashing against  Jussi Jokinen
16:12
CAR
Erik Cole  Slashing against  Jason Garrison
17:14
FLA
Keith Ballard  Roughing against  Brian Pothier
19:07
CAR
Ray Whitney  Interference against  Gregory Campbell
2nd Period
04:09
FLA
Michael Frolik  Hooking against  Zach Boychuk
10:33
FLA
Michael Frolik  Too many men/ice - bench
10:51
FLA
Stephen Weiss  Tripping against  Ray Whitney
18:35
FLA
Shawn Matthias  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
03:21
FLA
Keith Ballard  Slashing against  Erik Cole
17:01
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Justin Peters
Justin Peters
3-1-0
SA: 29TOI: 59:18
Saves: 26EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .897SH: 3 - 3
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
21-21-10
SA: 32TOI: 59:38
Saves: 31EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .969SH: 2 - 2
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