NHL Note - Carolina Hurricanes Hanifin, Noah

Dec 3, 2017 - 9:22 AM D Noah Hanifin scored with two seconds left in overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Saturday night.

Carolina (11-9-5), which was 1-3-1 in its last five games, had the majority of the good chances in the extra period before Hanifin, a defenseman, scored his fifth of the season. The fifth overall pick in the 2015 draft had a combined eight goals his first two seasons in the league but now appears to be breaking out offensively.

"Just confidence is the biggest thing," Hanifin said about his offensive numbers this season that also include nine assists as he has begun quarterbacking the team's power play. "In this league, everybody has talent, everybody is good, and now coming into my third year I'm a lot more confident in my game, and going out and doing what I'm supposed to do."

"Noah is a young guy who is becoming a young man," Carolina coach Bill Peters said of the 20-year-old Hanifin, who had seven of his team's 47 shots. "He's getting into that magical 240-game number and you're watching him just soar.

"He has a lot of upside and the ceiling is very high for him. He really skated tonight. He works at it, he loves the game and he wants to be elite."

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