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Recap: Panthers 6, Hurricanes 1

Jaromir Jagr with a goal and an assist to tie Ron Francis with 1798 points

Jagr leads Florida to laugher over Carolina
Jagr leads Florida to laugher over Carolina
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For the second game in a row, an opponent reached a major milestone while playing against the Carolina Hurricanes.  This game, Roberto Luongo earned career win number 400 and Jaromir Jagr picked up a very important two points as the Florida Panthers wiped out the Canes, 6-1 on Thursday night in Sunrise, Florida.

Jagr was skating through the Hurricane defense almost at will and picked up a goal and an assist to tie him with Ron Francis at 1798 career points, 4rth most in NHL history.

For the first time ever, the Panthers swept their season series with the Hurricanes and almost shut them out all three games.  Chris Terry scored the lone Carolina goal during a powerplay chance with just 1:19 left in the game to break up the three game shutout.

The Canes started out the game pretty well and were outshooting the Cats most of the first period.  But the home team scored with just 50 seconds left when Vincent Trocheck beat Eric Staal in the faceoff circle.  The puck got to Willie Mitchell, who then zipped a shot past Anton Khudobin.

Khudobin had a rough night but stayed in the entire game and allowed all six goals on 35 shots.

The second period turned into a disaster for the visitors as the home team jumped to a 4-0 lead, but then Florida would pour it on and add two more goals in the third to rub salt into Carolina's wounds.

The Canes will limp home and try to muster some energy to take on the Flyers on Saturday afternoon at the PNC.

Game Notes:

  • Terry's late goal gave him points in four straight games.
  • Eric Staal was moved back to winger in the second period after that key loss in the faceoff circle at the end of the first, although perhaps one has nothing to do with the other because Peters is known for constantly shaking up his lines during games.  For this contest overall Staal finished at 50% (7 of 14).
  • Terry finished with a team high five shots on goal.  The Canes had 32 for the game and were outshot 35-32.
  • After not being called for any penalties in Washington, they got called once in this game when Jeff Skinner ran over a Panther trying to get to a loose puck.  Perhaps that would be considered a good penalty caused by hustle and one that the coaching staff would like to see more of.