Riley Nash and Alexander Semin scored 87 seconds apart early in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 5-1 rout of the Florida Panthers on Friday night.
It looks as if Alexander Semin got the message. Semin scored two goals in the third period to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.
Justin Peters deserved a much better outcome after a stellar 47-save performance.
When the final buzzer sounded at Madison Square Garden, the Swedish goalie celebrated the big win with his teammates. No, it wasn’t Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers this time. Jacob Markstrom made 44 saves, and he and the cellar-dwelling Florida Panthers stole the spotlight from Lundqvist and the Rangers with a 3-1 win Thursday night.
The Carolina Hurricanes finally found their way to the top of the Southeast Division, and they did it with their first win of the season against a divisional opponent.
Although they’re tied for first place, the Carolina Hurricanes have yet to earn a point against any of the other four teams in the Southeast Division.
When Alex Kovalev made his NHL debut, his current team, the Florida Panthers, and star rookie Jonathan Huberdeau didn’t even exist. But at 39, Kovalev is helping to bridge the gap from the veterans to Huberdeau, 19.
There’s one last order of business to complete before the Florida Panthers can finally get this season started. It comes Saturday night, not long before the puck drops against the Carolina Hurricanes, and it’s a moment 12 years in the making.
Florida Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanoski became only the seventh player in team history to be designated the team captain. Head coach Kevin Dineen made the announcement Friday, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
First, the Florida Panthers made it to the NHL playoffs for the first time in a dozen years. Now, they do it as division champs, a win against the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night giving the Cats their first division title in team history.