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Florida 3, Carolina 2
When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, April 2, 2018
Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida
Referees: Ian Walsh, Tim Peel
Linesmen: Greg Devorski, Kory Nagy
Attendance: 10619
Defenseman Alex Petrovic scored with 7:58 left in the third period as the Panthers defeated the visiting Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Monday night, keeping Florida in the wild-card race.

Rookie defenseman MacKenzie Weegar and veteran winger Evgenii Dadonov also scored for Florida. Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made 26 saves for the win.

Since the All-Star break, the Panthers lead the NHL in points by defensemen.

The Panthers improved their points total to 88, five behind the idle New Jersey Devils in the battle for the last wild-card playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Florida earned its 40th win of the season, marking the fifth time in franchise history that milestone was reached.

Carolina, out of contention for the playoffs, got goals from Trevor van Riemsdyk and Derek Ryan. Goalie Scott Darling made 31 saves in the loss.

The teams traded goals in a 19-second span of the first period.

Van Riemsdyk opened the scoring, following a shot by Brock McGinn. Van Riemsdyk earned his third goal of the season, getting the puck over the stick of defenseman Mike Matheson and past Luongo, who was out of position after stoning McGinn.

Florida tied the score on Weegar's second career goal. With Carolina winger Jeff Skinner attempting to hook him from behind, Weegar lifted a wrist shot over Darling's glove for his first marker since Oct. 20.

The Panthers went ahead 2-1 after Carolina's Elias Lindholm was caught hooking Aaron Ekblad. Florida's power play clicked quickly, scoring with 10 seconds left in the opening period. Aleksander Barkov whistled a pass from along the right boards, and Dadonov skated right down the middle for his 27th goal of the season.

Carolina caught Florida on a poor line change, tying the score 2-2 with 13:48 expired in the second period. The Hurricanes, on the rush, took advantage as Lee Stempniak fed the puck out in front to Ryan for his 15th goal of the season.

After Petrovic's goal, the Hurricanes pulled Darling for an extra attacker but could not get the equalizer.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Carolina   Florida
Derek Ryan 1 Points Aleksander Barkov 2
Derek Ryan 1 Goals Evgenii Dadonov 1
Klas Dahlbeck 1 Assists Aleksander Barkov 2
N/A Power Play Goals Evgenii Dadonov 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Scott Darling .914 Save Percentage Roberto Luongo .931
Scott Darling 32 Saves Roberto Luongo 27
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Carolina 29 2 0-1 1-2 21 28
Florida 35 3 1-2 1-1 9 23
Upcoming Games
  • Florida will play their next game at home against Nashville. The Panthers have a W/L % of .513 after a win and .513 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .444 after a win and .432 after a loss.