Final

Series (Game 8 of 8)

Carolina leads 6-2

Game 1: Saturday, November 5th
Panthers0Final
Hurricanes2
Game 2: Friday, November 11th
Hurricanes1Final
Panthers0
Game 3: Friday, December 23rd
Panthers3Final
Hurricanes4
Game 4: Wednesday, January 25th
Hurricanes4Final
SO
Panthers3
Game 5: Friday, March 3rd
Panthers2Final
Hurricanes5
Game 6: Friday, March 10th
Hurricanes3Final
Panthers5
Game 7: Saturday, March 11th
Hurricanes3Final
OT
Panthers4
Game 8: Friday, March 31st
Panthers2Final
Hurricanes3

Panthers 2

(33-31-9, 75 pts)

Hurricanes 3

(48-19-6, 102 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 31, 2006

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
FLA 1 1 02
CAR 1 1 13

C. Adams (Hurricanes - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Gerber (Hurricanes - G): Saves: 21, Save Pct.: .913

R. Whitney (Hurricanes - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Florida (33-30-9) at Carolina (47-19-6) 7:00 pm EST

Florida (33-30-9) at Carolina (47-19-6) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- With a franchise record for points already in their pockets, the Carolina Hurricanes get another chance at a division crown.

The Hurricanes can clinch the Southeast Division title and win for just the third time in seven games Friday when they host the streaking Florida Panthers.

After recording the first 100-point season in franchise history, Carolina looks for its third division championship in seven seasons and fourth all-time. The team's first title came in 1986 in Hartford.

Rod Brind'Amour scored his 28th goal for the Hurricanes in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals in the second of five meetings in a 14-day span.

Carolina is 28-7-1 at home and trails Ottawa by five points in the race for first place in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes are also seven points in back of Detroit for the Presidents' Trophy.

Looking to extend its winning streak to a franchise-best eight straight games, Florida has just one regulation loss in its last 12 contests. However, the Panthers are eight points out of a playoff spot with 10 games left.

Nathan Horton scored his 25th goal, Chris Gratton added his 16th and Jay Bouwmeester had two assists to lead Florida in Wednesday's 5-3 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Hurricanes won the first five matchups with the Panthers before Florida took the last two encounters, including a 4-3 overtime triumph March 12.

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