National Hockey League
Carolina 5, Florida 2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
Referees: Wes McCauley, Dean Morton
Linesmen: Brandon Schrader, Tony Sericolo
Attendance: 4987

Jordan Staal's unassisted goal with 11:08 remaining broke a tie and propelled the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night in Raleigh, N.C.

Carolina's Vincent Trocheck and Dougie Hamilton scored power-play goals. Empty-net goals from Staal with 1:40 to play and Jesper Fast with 55.8 seconds left sealed the result.

The outcome ended Florida's six-game winning streak, which had been the longest active string in the NHL. It also was the Panthers' first regulation loss when leading after two periods as they fell to 18-1-1 in those situations.

Aleksander Barkov scored both Florida goals. Carter Verhaeghe provided two assists.

Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek made 34 saves in his second game back from an injury that had him out of the lineup since Jan. 30.

Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots.

The Panthers were playing the first game of a season-high, six-game road trip.

Staal's go-ahead goal came when the puck appeared to be stopped by Bobrovsky but instead it wiggled past the goal line.

Bobrovsky had a personal three-game winning streak halted.

Carolina had been 0-4-0 when trailing after two periods this season.

Barkov's second goal came just 27 seconds after the Hurricanes tied the game late in the second period. The play was set up by Verhaeghe's pass. Mason Marchment, who signed a one-year contract extension Monday, also assisted on the goal.

For his first goal, Barkov chipped in the puck off a rebound and it got past Mrazek, who had a shutout Sunday night against Dallas in his first game back.

Barkov has eight goals in his past nine games, including three goals in three games since returning from an injury.

Trocheck, who came to Carolina in a trade from Florida in February 2020, has five goals in five games against his former team this season.

The teams, who are contending for the top spot in the Central Division, meet again Thursday night in Raleigh.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Florida   Carolina
Aleksander Barkov 2 Points Sebastian Aho 3
Aleksander Barkov 2 Goals Jordan Staal 2
Carter Verhaeghe 2 Assists Sebastian Aho 3
N/A Power Play Goals Vincent Trocheck 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Sergei Bobrovsky .912 Save Percentage Petr Mrazek .944
Sergei Bobrovsky 31 Saves Petr Mrazek 34
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Florida 36 2 0-2 2-4 8 26
Carolina 36 5 2-4 2-2 4 36
Upcoming Games
  • Carolina will play their next game at home against Florida. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .680 after a win and .667 after a loss.
  • Florida will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Panthers have a W/L % of .577 after a win and .786 after a loss.