RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Vincent Trocheck and James Reimer continued to torment their former team, lifting the Carolina Hurricanes to their fifth straight victory with a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Sunday night.
Trocheck, who was traded to Carolina just over a year ago, scored for the fourth time this season against the Panthers. Nino Niederreiter, Sebastian Aho and Warren Foegele also had goals for the Hurricanes, who have won eight of 10 home games (8-1-1) this season.READ MORE: Retired Police Major Explains How Miami-Dade Officers Are Trained Not To Mix Up Handgun & Taser
“We didn’t really have any lulls in the game,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “I like the fact that we hung in there. Didn’t get frustrated, just kept playing.”
Reimer, who made 21 saves, came to Carolina less two years ago in a trade from Florida. He’s 3-0-0 since against the Panthers.
MacKenzie Weegar and Mason Marchment scored for Florida, which had a five-game points streak snapped. Chris Dreidger made 22 saves for the Panthers.
Trocheck scored just eight seconds into the Hurricanes’ first power play of the game. At that point with 4:05 to play in the opening period, Carolina had as many goals as the Panthers did shots on goal.
“We played a full 60 minutes,” Trocheck said. “I think this one was the best of the last four.”
Trocheck has four goals during his five-game points streak.
“He has found a home,” Brind’Amour said. “It’s no different than any job. When you’re feeling good about and where you fit, you have success. You don’t expect him to score at this rate, but we’ll take it for as long as we can.”READ MORE: With J&J's Single-Shot Paused, Medical Expert Says People Shouldn’t ‘Try To Skimp At This Stage’ When It Comes To 2nd Dose Of Pfizer Or Moderna
Niederreiter took a pass from Martin Necas and beat Dreidger, who had been under siege early in the second period. Niederreiter has 11 goals, posting at least one against every Central Division team except for Tampa Bay.
Carolina is 3-0-1 against the Panthers this season. This was the first meeting decided in regulation.
“They’re a well-structured team,” Panthers left wing Jonathan Huberdeau said. “It’s always tough to play against them.”
The Panthers got on the scoreboard when Weegar blasted the puck between Reimer’s pads with 9:19 left in the second period.
Aho posted the team’s second short-handed goal of the season 38 seconds into the third period. Foegele extended the lead to 4-1 slightly more than three minutes later.
The Hurricanes took advantage of special teams situations.
“You’ve got to make quick plays,” Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said. “We had some good looks. We didn’t have enough of them. Not enough clean possession time.”
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