Posted March 03, 2013 on AP on Fox
With their first divisional victory of the season, the Carolina Hurricanes claimed sole possession of the Southeast Division lead for the first time. Now the Hurricanes have an opportunity to extend their lead with another division win on Sunday when they visit the injury-plagued Florida Panthers in the back end of a home-and-home series. Despite having a 10-3-1 record against the rest of the Eastern Conference, Carolina (11-8-1) lost its first five division contests by a combined 21-7 margin before beating the Panthers 6-2 on Saturday. The Hurricanes' third win in four games pushed them ahead of surging Winnipeg atop the Southeast. With the Jets idle on Sunday, Carolina can build a four-point cushion with a second straight win over the Panthers. "If you're going to be on top of your division, you have to beat the teams in your division,'' coach Kirk Muller said. "We haven't had success on that part of it this year. I think our guys knew that this is a big weekend and the import...
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