Final OT

Series (Game 6 of 6)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Thursday, October 9th
Game 2: Monday, October 13th
Game 3: Monday, February 16th
Game 4: Thursday, March 25th
Game 5: Monday, March 29th
Game 6: Sunday, April 4th

Hurricanes 6

(28-34-6, 76 pts)

Panthers 6

(28-35-4, 75 pts)

3:00 PM ET, April 4, 2004

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

1 2 3 OT T
CAR 4 0 2 06
FLA 0 3 3 06

D. Audette (Panthers - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 2

C. Berglund (Panthers - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

E. Cole (Hurricanes - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Fast scores first NHL goal for 'Canes

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Brad Fast scored his first NHL goal with 2:26 left in the third period to help Carolina salvage a 6-6 tie at Florida on Sunday after the Hurricanes had squandered a 4-0 lead.

Fast, playing his first NHL game after being recalled from the American Hockey League on Saturday, made it 6-all with a wrist shot from the right circle.

Radim Vrbata, Jesse Boulerice, Rob Brind Amour, Erik Cole and Eric Staal also scored for the Hurricanes, who ended the season on a four-game winless streak (0-3-1).

Vrbata's first-period goal snapped Carolina's 0-for-30 power-play drought and helped the Hurricanes build a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Donald Audette had two goals and two assists for the Panthers. Christian Berglund also scored twice for Florida. Mikael Samuelsson and Kamil Piros had the other goals, while Olli Jokinen and Mike Van Ryn each had three assists.

Carolina is winless in its last six visits to the Office Depot Center (0-5-1), but the tie enabled the Hurricanes to secure third place in the Southeast Division with 76 points. Florida finished fourth with 75 points.

Roberto Luongo, who set NHL records for most saves and most shots faced this season, stopped 26 shots. Carolina goalie Arturs Irbe was replaced by Kevin Weekes after Audette's second goal made it 6-4 at 6:23 of the third period.

It was Florida's third goal of the third period as the Panthers turned a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 lead.

Staal brought Carolina to within a goal at 15:04 with a wrist shot through traffic.

^Notes:@ Hall of Fame broadcaster Jiggs McDonald, who is retiring as Panthers radio play-by-play voice, dropped the ceremonial first puck. ... Carolina's four goals in the first set a season high for a period. The Hurricanes had scored three goals in a period on five different occasions. ... The four goals tied Florida's season high for goals allowed in a period, set against Colorado Jan. 21 and Washington Feb. 27. ... The season series ended 2-2-2. ... The Panthers have lost only three of 11 season finales in their history (6-3-2).

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