Final OT

Series (Game 7 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

Hurricanes 3

(43-15-6, 92 pts)

Panthers 4

(26-29-9, 61 pts)

7:30 PM ET, March 11, 2006

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

1 2 3 OT T
CAR 1 1 1 03
FLA 0 1 2 14

J. Kwiatkowski (Panthers - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

O. Jokinen (Panthers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. Luongo (Panthers - G): Saves: 39, Save Pct.: .929

Panthers seem to have 'Canes' number

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- After losing the first five games of the season series between the teams, the Florida Panthers finally have solved the Carolina Hurricanes.

Jozef Stumpel forged a tie just over five minutes into the third period and defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski tallied 74 seconds into overtime as the Panthers posted their second win over the Hurricanes in as many days with a 4-3 victory.

Blanked in the first two meetings of the season and losing the next three by a total of five goals, Florida got in the win column against its Southeast Division rival with Friday's 5-3 triumph.

Carolina appeared to be on track for a victory after Kevyn Adams tallied 69 seconds into the third to make it 3-1, but Jon Sim scored 35 seconds later and Stumpel tipped captain Olli Jokinen's shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past goaltender Martin Gerber to draw the Hurricanes even.

In the extra session, rookie Rostislav Olesz carried the puck to the bottom of the right circle before passing to Kwiatkowski, who redirected it by Gerber from the top of the crease for his fourth of the season.

Jokinen scored his fifth goal in four games and Roberto Luongo made 39 saves for the Panthers, who have won three straight.

Doug Weight netted his first tally in 12 contests with Carolina, which has dropped three in a row.

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