Florida at Carolina

New Hurricane Stillman scores against former team


RALEIGH, N.C. -- Cory Stillman made his new team happy it traded for him -- at the expense of his former team.

Five days after Florida traded Stillman to Carolina, he had a goal and an assist against the Panthers to lead the Hurricanes to a 2-1 win Tuesday.

It was nothing personal, though. Carolina needed to keep ahead of Buffalo in the playoff race. The Hurricanes stayed in eighth, two spots ahead of the Sabres.

"That's a team we had to beat," Stillman said. "It was a good start, an emotional start, that's for sure. I had a chance to score on my first shift and missed the net. But it's nice to get that game over with quickly."

Eric Staal had Carolina's other goal. Stephen Weiss scored for Florida.

Tuesday's game was also the first for Carolina defenseman Bryan Allen and Florida left winger Sergei Samsonov after the teams traded them for each other at the deadline on Monday.

Staal, the Hurricanes' captain, was back in the lineup after missing Saturday's game at Montreal following a hard upper-body check from Pittsburgh's Matt Niskanen that had taken him out late in the second period on Friday.

"I felt good," Staal said. "It took a little bit to get legs into it early, but for the most part I felt pretty good. We're going to look forward to Thursday against Buffalo. We would like to have looked a little better breaking the puck out of our end, but they skated hard."

Carolina goalie Cam Ward stopped 41 shots.

"It was a very difficult game for our team to play and it looked like it," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "And we won. We've played games this year where we've played exceptionally and lost. Tonight we weren't as good as we expected our team to be and we won."

Stillman got the Hurricanes on the board on a rush at 5:25 of the first, sending the puck ricocheting off the outside of his left skate and between Scott Clemmensen's pads with Cole on the primary assist.

Staal made it 2-0 on a power play at 14:55, camping on the left doorstep and barely moving his stick to tip in Stillman's pass from the right circle. Weiss halved the lead for Florida at 3:58 of the second when he out-dueled defenseman Joe Corvo in the low slot and beat Ward glove side with David Booth on the primary assist.

Florida's Hugh Jessiman and Carolina's Troy Bodie fought at 8:29 of the first.

"I give ourselves an 'A' for effort," Florida coach Peter DeBoer said. "With Bryan Allen and Cory Stillman over there we knew they'd come out quickly and they did. But I thought our guys showed a lot of resiliency and probably deserved a better fate."


  • Clemmensen made 20 saves.
  • RW Niclas Bergfors made his debut with Florida after being obtained in a trade with Atlanta on Monday.
  • D Jay Harrison was back in the Carolina lineup after missing one game because of illness, with D Derek Joslin the healthy scratch.
  • Cole's first-period assist was his 351st point with Carolina, tying him for ninth place on the franchise list.
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Cory Stillman moves on from his days in South Florida and scores against the Panthers in the first meeting since the trade. (AP)
Cory Stillman moves on from his days in South Florida and scores against the Panthers in the first meeting since the trade. (AP)
Florida (26-30-7)0101
Carolina  (30-25-9) «2002
Three Stars
C. Stillman

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
C. Ward

Saves: 41
Save Pct.: .976
E. Staal

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
05:25 - Cory Stillman (9), Tip-In. Assist: Cole, Pitkanen
14:55Power Play - Eric Staal (28), Wrist Shot. Assist: Stillman, Corvo
03:58 - Stephen Weiss (17), Wrist Shot. Assist: Booth, Garrison
Penalty Summary
08:29Jessiman, 5 min, Fighting
08:29Bodie, 5 min, Fighting
13:40Hordichuk, 2 min, Holding
06:43Staal, 2 min, Holding
16:20Repik, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Scott Clemmensen59:17202
Cam Ward59:47411
Game Information
Attendance - 16252
Referees - Stephane Auger, Paul Devorski
Linesmen - Scott Cherrey, Brian Murphy
Other Games
NYI 1 Final
Wash 2
Buf 3 Final
Mon 3 Final
Atl 1
Bos 1 Final
Ott 0
Cal 6 Final
StL 0
Dal 3 Final
Pho 2
Nash 1 Final
Edm 2
Colu 1 Final
Van 2
Colo 1 Final
SJ 2