Versteeg's OT goal lifts Panthers over HurricanesDec 19, 2011 - 2:28 AM
Versteeg supplied the game-winning goal with 1:52 to go in the extra session, as the Southeast Division-leading Florida Panthers earned a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at BankAtlantic Center.
In overtime, Brian Campbell's pass to Stephen Weiss pinballed off skates in the low slot. Versteeg gathered the puck at the side of the net and fired it home before Carolina goaltender Cam Ward could react.
The Panthers tied the game on Jason Garrison's power-play goal at the 5:47 mark of the third period.
Sean Bergenheim also lit the lamp for Florida, which has an eight-game point streak at home (6-0-2). The Panthers are 6-1-5 during a stretch of 12 consecutive home games decided by one goal.
"Nothing comes easy for this team," Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen said. "There was no easy way to play that game. We're not looking for an easy game but we'd take one right now and no one is giving it to us."
Jose Theodore made 24 saves in the win.
Ward stopped 22 shots for the Hurricanes, who were trying to win two games in a row for the first time since November 20-21.
"We're not happy losing that one point, but there's a lot of good things in our game right now," said Carolina head coach Kirk Muller.
On a great individual play, Bergenheim rushed up the ice and fired a shot wide of the net. Bergenheim, who wound up leaving the game with a lower-body injury, collected a carom off the end boards and beat Ward on the blocker side 4:16 into the contest.
The Hurricanes tied it up with 1:22 left in the first period on a Tim Gleason shot from the point. Carolina moved ahead when Chad LaRose forced a turnover and beat Theodore high with a wrister from the left circle at 13:45 of the second period.
Florida's Ed Jovanovski had two assists...Carolina's record fell to 1-6-2 this season within the division.
- CAROLINA: 2
Final - OT
Dec 18 7:38 PM
- Florida Goal - Kris Versteeg (16), at 3:08.
Hurricanes 2, Panthers 3 OT - 1:52Dec 18 7:38 PM
- CAROLINA: 2
End of Regulation
Dec 18 7:32 PM
- Florida Power-Play Goal - Jason Garrison (10), at 5:47.
Hurricanes 2, Panthers 2 3rd - 14:13Dec 18 7:04 PM
- CAROLINA: 2
End of 2nd
Dec 18 6:37 PM
- Carolina Goal - Chad LaRose, at 13:45.
Hurricanes 2, Panthers 1 2nd - 6:15Dec 18 6:26 PM
- CAROLINA: 1
End of 1st
Dec 18 5:43 PM
- Sean Bergenheim shot on Cam Ward.
Hurricanes 1, Panthers 1 1st - 0:40Dec 18 5:42 PM
- Tim Brent shot blocked by Ed Jovanovski.
Hurricanes 0, Panthers 1 1st - 14:13Dec 18 5:19 PM
- Sean Bergenheim wrist shot is wide.
Hurricanes 0, Panthers 0 1st - 15:46Dec 18 5:17 PM
- Florida Goal - Sean Bergenheim (7), at 4:16.
Hurricanes 0, Panthers 1 1st - 15:44Dec 18 5:17 PM
- CAROLINA: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Dec 18 5:10 PM
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