Feb 7, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin (31) makes a save during the second period against the Florida Panthers at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Anton Khudobin Earns His First Shutout Of The Year As The Carolina Hurricanes Defeat The Florida Panthers


The Carolina Hurricanes went down to South Florida to take on the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. The Carolina Hurricanes dominated the Panthers in route to their 3-0 win.

Scoring Summary 

Jiri Tlusty opened the scoring at 9:09 of period one. After being set up by Eric Staal, Tlusty waited out Florida goalie Roberto Luongo and scored.

The Carolina Hurricanes made it 2-0 on Jiri Tlusty’s second goal of the night. Andrei Loktionov threw the puck on net, and Tlusty was in the right place at the right time as he put the rebound past goalie Dan Ellis. Loktionov and Justin Faulk got the assists.

Jeff Skinner extended his team lead in goals when he scored to make it 3-0 at 5:46 of period two. After a scoring chance, Patrick Dwyer set up Jeff Skinner in front of the net. Skinner then scored on the open net.

My Three Stars

1st Star: Anton Khudobin – shutout, 35 saves

2nd Star: Jiri Tlusty – 2 goals, 5 shots, 15:38 TOI, +2

3rd Star: Eric Staal – 1 assist, won 55% of faceoffs, +2, 19:38 TOI

Game Analysis

The Carolina Hurricanes defeated a team they should beat on Thursday night. They dominated the Florida Pamthers for a majority of the night, and they played the game the right way in the win.

Anton Khudobin was incredible yet again for the Carolina Hurricanes. He has been unbelievable all year, but this was Anton Khudobin’s first shutout as a goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Eric Staal had a great game for the Carolina Hurricanes. He did a great job in all areas, and he was a key factor in Jiri Tlusty’s second goal. He got to the front of the net and impaired Dan Ellis’ vision.

The first line of Jiri Tlusty, Eric Staal, and Andrei Loktionov played very well. They supplied plenty of offense throughout the night, and they accounted for two goals.

Radek Dvorak was involved in a collision with Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo in the first period. Dvorak got a 5 minute charging penalty and a game misconduct. Luongo also left the game with an injury.

The Carolina Hurricanes will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on home ice on Saturday night. The Carolina Hurricanes are now 7 points out of the Wild Card race in the Eastern Conference, and 10 points out of the 3rd place spot in the Metropolitan Division.

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