Panthers 3, Hurricanes 2, SO

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 25, 2012
Stephen Weiss scored the winning goal in the third round of the shootout, lifting the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 comeback win over the Carolina Panthers on Saturday night. Wojtek Wolski, obtained in a trade from the New York Rangers earlier Saturday, scored the tying goal for Florida with 1:47 left in the third period after Tomas Fleischmann cut the Panthers' deficit to 2-1 at 13:58. Justin Faulk and Jussi Jokinen scored in regulation for Carolina, which has dropped two consecutive games in shootouts. The Hurricanes are 0-6 in the tiebreaker this season. Faulk has three goals, all on the power play, in five games. Mikael Samuelsson also scored in the shootout for Florida. Jeff Skinner tallied for Carolina. Jose Theodore made 26 saves for the Panthers, who have won three straight on the road but are only 1-3-1 in their past five games overall. Justin Peters started for the third straight game, in place of injured regular Cam Ward, and stopped 42 shots. Hurricanes captain Eric Staal extended his point streak to eight games and his assist streak to seven, when he helped set up Faulk's first-period goal. Carolina is 9-0-6 in its last 15 games in which it scored first. Carolina, outshot 19-9 in the first period, took the lead on its first power play at 18:01 when Faulk's blast from the high slot beat Theodore over his left shoulder. Jokinen made it 2-0 at 17:32 of the second. He took Skinner's pass from behind the net in the low slot and flipped the puck over Theodore's right shoulder. Fleischmann scored his 20th of the season at 13:58 of the third, with an assist from Kris Versteeg. Wolski tied it 2-2 when he beat Peters from the right circle. NOTES: Hurricanes RW Patrick Dwyer sustained an undisclosed lower body injury in the first period and didn't return. ... Carolina C Jiri Tlusty had a nine-game point streak end. ... Florida coach and former Carolina captain Kevin Dineen was a 1982 first-round draft pick of the Hartford Whalers, who became the Hurricanes in 1997. . Florida won the two previous meetings between the teams. ... Hurricanes forwards Tuomo Ruutu and Chad LaRose both sat out a fifth straight game because of undisclosed upper body injuries. . The Panthers were without C John Madden (four games, lower body) and C Marcel Goc (two games, lower body).
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