Florida 3, Carolina 1

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Florida 13-7-1-3 5-2-1-3 8-5-0-0 W1
Carolina 8-14-2-2 5-7-0-2 3-7-2-0 L4


Shawn Matthias scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 3:19 to play, as the visiting Florida Panthers spoiled Kirk Muller's NHL head coaching debut with a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Matthias added an empty-net tally and Tomas Fleischmann scored on the power play as Florida sent the Hurricanes to their fourth consecutive defeat.

Jose Theodore turned aside 26 shots to help the Panthers snap a modest two-game skid and win for just the fifth time in the last 31 games at Carolina.

Jeff Skinner scored the lone goal for the Hurricanes, who absorbed their 10th loss in 14 games one day after coach Paul Maurice was fired and replaced by Muller.

After being limited to season-low two shots in the opening period, the Panthers broke on top on Fleischmann's blast from the left point on the power play midway through the second.

Carolina needed just 64 seconds to respond when Skinner slipped his own rebound past Theodore at 11:49.

The Hurricanes, who lead the league in power-play chances but rank 29th in the league in converting them, went 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov left in the second period with an apparent foot injury and did not return.

Top Game Performances

Florida   Carolina
Shawn Matthias 2 Points Jeff Skinner 1
Shawn Matthias 2 Goals Jeff Skinner 1
Brian Campbell 1 Assists Joni Pitkanen 1
Tomas Fleischmann 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jose Theodore .963 Save Percentage Cam Ward .900
Jose Theodore 26 Saves Cam Ward 18

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Florida 21 3 1-2 5-5 10 28
Carolina 27 1 0-5 1-2 4 27

Upcoming Games

  • Carolina will play its next game at home against NY Rangers. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .278 after a loss.
  • Florida will play its next game on the road against Los Angeles. The Panthers have a W/L % of .417 after a win and .667 after a loss.
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