Hurricanes vs. Panthers – NHL Game Recap – November 9, 2022 | ESPN
SUNRISE, Florida — Spencer Knight saved 40 times on his first close of the season and third of his career, leading the Florida Panthers to a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.
Nick Cousins, Alexander Barkoff and Sam Bennett scored for Florida, who lost the Carolinas for the second time in a row after a four-game winning streak.
The Panthers, they opened their five-game home win, 5-0 this season at home. They won twice in a row.
The match was played as Broward County was under hurricane watch due to the approach of Hurricane Nicole.
Cousins Florida gave the lead at 9:21 of the first period. With the 21-year-old Faris (5-1-0) stopping every shot he encountered, Cousin’s goal proved enough.
“I thought he got stronger as the game went on and it just needed to be,” Florida coach Paul Morris said of Knight. “This is a good sign for any goalkeeper, (especially) the youngster to be able to build his game in this way.”
Barkoff, the Panthers captain, gave Florida a cushion when he scored in a penalty from Carter Verheig in the team’s fourth power-playing opportunity midway through to third.
Bennett scored in an empty net in the last seconds.
“Most of the time, we played exactly the way we wanted to,” Barkoff said. “I think it helps us knowing that this team is going to push the whole game. We had to be on our toes for the full 60 minutes. We had a good goalkeeper in the net and played really well defensively and had some attacking. I thought she was very strong.”
Carolina goalkeeper Ante Ranta (3-1-1) saved 33 balls in the loss.
The Hurricanes were 0-3 in strong play and most of their time was coming in the third inning while they were dropping a goal. Carolina’s first opportunity came with a Brandon Montour penalty kick with 24.5 seconds remaining in the second half.
“Their goalkeeper made some good saves and it was a tough game,” Carolina coach Rod Brend Amour said. “I didn’t like our first period, we just fell behind and came back to it kind of slowly. We had a lot of chances, but it was a tough sledge when it came to scoring. We have one goal in two games and that was from behind the goalkeeper. It just gets bigger when you don’t score.” I didn’t like the game. We had a lot of guys who weren’t a factor.”
Eric Stahl made his National Hockey League debut in a 3-1 loss to the Panthers at Sunrise on October 9, 2003.
Wednesday marked his 1,300th game of the regular season, and Staal – now a member of the Panthers – was able to celebrate that achievement on the ice with two of his brothers: Florida defenseman Marc and Carolina Captain Jordan.
“There’s a sense of hockey’s good karma,” said Morris, who was Eric’s first coach in the National Hockey League with the Hurricanes. “They deserve it.”
Eric Stahl is the 54th player to reach 1,300 games in NHL history and is the active leader in the games being played.
Striker Matthew Tkachuk will return to the Panthers on Saturday after serving his last two-game ban on Wednesday. The Panthers are also expected to revitalize defender Aaron Eckblad from the injured reserve long in time for their next game. … Carolina center Paul Stastney and defender Calvin De Haan were two health scars, with goalkeeper Frederick Anderson out after leaving training early on Tuesday due to an undisclosed injury. Florida defender Lucas Carlson scratched and striker Patrick Hornqvist missed his third game in a row with an upper body injury.
Hurricanes: Edmonton Oilers hosted Thursday night.
Panthers: Edmonton Oilers host on Saturday afternoon.
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