Carolina at Florida

Panthers snap Hurricanes' winning streak at seven games wire reports

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

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.

"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.


  • 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.
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Jussi Jokinen scores his 25th goal, but it's the only one the 'Canes put past the Panthers in this game. (AP)
Jussi Jokinen scores his 25th goal, but it's the only one the 'Canes put past the Panthers in this game. (AP)
Carolina (26-31-7)0011
Florida  (26-28-10) «2024
Three Stars
T. Vokoun

Saves: 31
Save Pct.: .969
K. Kreps

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
M. Frolik

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
13:58Michael Frolik (17), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kulikov, McCabe
15:09Kamil Kreps (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Tarnasky
07:58Jussi Jokinen (25), Tip-In. Assist: Sutter, Ruutu
16:30Cory Stillman (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Reinprecht, McCabe
18:54Power Play - Kamil Kreps (3), Empty Net. Assist: Stillman, McCabe
Penalty Summary
01:15Tarnasky, 5 min, Fighting
01:15Harrison, 5 min, Fighting
11:53Ruutu, 2 min, High-Sticking
14:25Allen, 5 min, Fighting
14:25Gleason, 5 min, Fighting
15:32Booth, 2 min, Slashing
16:12Cole, 2 min, Slashing
17:14Ballard, 2 min, Roughing
19:07Whitney, 2 min, Interference
04:09Frolik, 2 min, Hooking
10:33Frolik, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
10:51Weiss, 2 min, Tripping
18:35Matthias, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
03:21Ballard, 2 min, Slashing
17:01Ruutu, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
Shots On Goal
Justin Peters59:18263
Tomas Vokoun59:38311
Game Information
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Referees - Stephane Auger, Brad Meier
Linesmen - Derek Amell, Derek Nansen
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