Panthers comeback falls short in 4-3 shootout loss to Carolina
SUNRISE, Fla. – Martin Necas scored the winning goal in a shootout, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 to snap a three-game losing streak. Vincent Trocheck, Jake Bean and Warren Foegele scored in regulation for Carolina. It was Trocheck’s first game back in South Florida since being traded by Florida to the Hurricanes at last season’s trade deadline. Jonathan Huberdeau, Frank Vatrano, and Patric Hornqvist scored for the Panthers. Sergei Bobrovsky turned back 30 of 33 shots for the Panthers.
Familiarity breeds respect among NHL East playoff teams
TORONTO, ONT Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper took exception to the Columbus Blue Jackets being referred to as a blue-collar team. Is that a positive or a negative? Cooper said Monday, a day before his Eastern Conference second-seeded Lightning open the first round of the NHL playoffs against the seventh-seeded Blue Jackets. Thats in the history books forever, Cooper said, noting how both teams have made various changes to their lineups. Id call them a really good team.Familiarity is breeding respect among the East opponents entering the first round. The Islanders hold a 5-2 playoff series edge over Washington.
Dzingel nets 2, Hurricanes top Panthers 6-3 for 4th straight
Dzingel's second goal extended Carolina's lead to 5-0 at 1:31 of the second. Yandle's power-play goal with 10:26 left in the third closed the Panthers to 5-2. Dadonov made it 5-3 on a power-play goal with 4:08 left. Dzingel's power-play goal with 1:46 left in the first made it 4-0. ... Reimer, acquired by the Hurricanes from the Panthers on June 30, made his first start against his former team.