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Carolina at Florida

Panthers edge Hurricanes to move over .500 for first time this season

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Brett McLean's hand is all better. With McLean back on the ice, the Florida Panthers are looking better, too.

McLean scored the winner, and the Panthers moved above .500 for the first time this season with a 5-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

The Panthers (17-16-1) are now three points behind Southeast Division-leading Carolina.

Stephen Weiss, Jozef Stumpel, Olli Jokinen and Radek Dvorak scored for the Panthers, who won their third straight. Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves.

"We're a confident group right now," Jokinen said. "There's no reason to stop now."

McLean's wraparound goal at 13:06 put Florida ahead 5-4 and was his second goal in three games after missing 15 with a broken right hand.

"It just feels good to contribute," McLean said. "It's hard when you're out. You feel out of touch. It's nice to get back here and pitch in."

Ray Whitney, Cory Stillman, Erik Cole and Andrew Ladd had goals for Carolina.

Florida took a short-lived lead 4:10 into the third on Weiss' wrist shot into the upper right corner of the net. Just 29 seconds later, Carolina tied it at 4 on Whitney's slap shot from in front.

Stumpel's goal tied it 3-all at 18:38 of the second. His wrist shot from above the right circle beat John Grahame, who made 36 saves, on the right side. It was Stumpel's second goal in as many games after going 15 without one.

"There were a couple of miniature golf goals like that tonight," Grahame said. "It seems like they had the bounces going for them."

Florida closed to 3-2 on Jokinen's goal at 5:14. His backhander from the bottom of the right circle went across the crease, hit the post and caromed into the net.

"It was a big win," Jokinen said. "The way we played in the first period was embarassing. We had a little bit of luck there in the third and got two points."

Carolina stretched its lead to 3-1 on Stillman's goal and seemed on the verge of breaking the game open. Rod Brind'Amour pushed the puck out from behind the net into the slot and Stillman poked it past Vokoun on the stick side at 16:19 of the first.

"We let one slip away tonight, especially after being up 3-1 in the first," Stillman said. "They worked hard for 60 minutes and that was the difference."

Carolina took a 2-1 lead at 9:25 when Cole's wrist shot from the corner beat Vokoun.

"We bent but we didn't break," Vokoun said. "Guys are starting to realize their potential."

The Panthers scored first, at 5:01. Rostislav Olesz took a shot from the left circle that glanced off Dvorak's leg and into the net.

Carolina answered about 90 seconds later with a similar goal. Scott Walker's shot from the left circle hit Ladd and went past Vokoun to tie it.

"We knew the game was marked on their side," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. "We knew they'd be ready to play. They're on a bit of a roll right now."

Notes

  • Carolina's Craig Adams missed Thursday's game to serve the first of a two-game suspension for a high-sticking penalty against Toronto on Tuesday.
  • David Tanabe and Chad LaRose both sustained concussions Tuesday and are day to day.
  • Florida's David Booth was scratched with a bruised knee.
  • Jokinen has at least one point in nine of his past ten games.
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Stephen Weiss' wrist shot into the upper corner is his seventh goal of the season. (AP)
Stephen Weiss' wrist shot into the upper corner is his seventh goal of the season. (AP)
Scoreboard
Carolina (18-15-3)3014
Florida  (17-16-2) «1225
Three Stars
B. McLean
FLA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
R. Olesz
FLA


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
O. Jokinen
FLA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:01Radek Dvorak (3), Tip-In. Assist: Rostislav Olesz, Jassen Cullimore
06:48Andrew Ladd (2), Tip-In. Assist: Scott Walker, Matt Cullen
09:25Erik Cole (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Ray Whitney, Dennis Seidenberg
16:19Cory Stillman (18), Tip-In. Assist: Rod Brind'Amour, Niclas Wallin
2ND PERIOD
05:14Olli Jokinen (18), Backhand Shot. Assist: Rostislav Olesz, Tomas Vokoun
18:38Jozef Stumpel (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Olli Jokinen, Ruslan Salei
3RD PERIOD
04:10Stephen Weiss (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nathan Horton, Jay Bouwmeester
04:39Ray Whitney (16), Slap Shot. Assist: Erik Cole, Eric Staal
13:06Brett McLean (3), Wrap Shot. Assist: Richard Zednik
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:16Kaberle, 2 min, Hooking
07:19Zednik, 2 min, Tripping
14:23Stumpel, 2 min, Tripping
15:46Hamilton, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
02:48Stumpel, 2 min, Hooking
11:20Wallin, 2 min, Roughing
14:37Stillman, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
3RD PERIOD
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Carolina1513533
Florida15161041
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
John Grahame58:51365
Tomas Vokoun59:57294
Game Information
Attendance - 15061
Referees - Tom Kowal, Don Van Massenhoven
Linesmen - Darren Gibbs, Derek Amell
 
Other Games
Pitt 5 Final
Bos 4
Dal 2 Final
Van 3
NYR 3 Final
Min 6
Ott 2 Final
Atl 3
Mon 5 Final
Wash 2
Tor 1 Final
TB 2
Det 2 Final
StL 3
Pho 3 Final
SJ 2