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Shawn Matthias scored with 3:19 left to help the Florida Panthers beat Carolina 3-1 on Tuesday night and spoil Kirk Muller's debut as the Hurricanes' coach. Tomas Fleischmann also scored and Matthias added an empty-netter for the Southeast Division-leading Panthers. Jose Theodore made 26 saves. Florida entered with a three-point lead on Washington and went more than 20 minutes between shots before scoring late to snap a two-game losing streak. Jeff Skinner scored and Cam Ward stopped 18 shots - and stuffed Jack Skille's penalty shot midway through the third period - for last-place Carolina, which lost its fourth straight. Matthias' winner came after Carolina defenseman Tomas Kaberle attempted to send the puck around the boards and out of the zone. Matthias held it in, then skated near the right post, took a pass from Tomas Kopecky and stuffed the puck past Ward. The matchup between coaches and teams was appropriate, with Muller making his debut against one of his former clubs i...
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