Originally written April 07, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Mikael Samuelsson had a hand in three goals and Scott Clemmensen made 34 saves to help Florida clinch its first Southeast Division title in franchise history with a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.The Panthers, who two days ago snapped the NHL’s longest playoff drought at 12 years, needed at least one point to claim the division crown after Washington beat the New York Rangers 4-1 earlier Saturday.They managed better than that as Marcel Goc, John Madden and Stephen Weiss each scored and Samuelsson added two assists and an empty-netter.A nifty play in front of the net by Goc gave the Panthers the early lead. The German center retrieved Dmitry Kulikov’s pass following a faceoff, faked right to force a sprawling Brian Boucher down to the ice and calmly finished into the open net at 4:02.Madden doubled the advantage just under three minutes later when he finished a give-and-go with Samuelsson from in close range. Weiss later made it 3-0 mid...

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