The mystery of the Carolina Hurricanes has finally been resolved. The Florida Panthers inflicted their first loss of the season on the team playing in Saturday’s rally at the BB&T Center, defeating them 5-2. Watch the highlights in the video above.
Rod Brind’Amour’s men were the only undefeated NHL men to start the year with nine straight wins.
The Panthers were quick to reveal their intentions, as they scored four goals in the first period.
Anthony Duclair of Quebec was the source of this rushing thrust, rocking the ropes 2 minutes and 28 seconds into the initial showdown. Then Duclair was complicit in Frank Vatrano’s success, in the power game, halfway through the first period. Pointe native Claire completed his run by getting another assist in his fourth goal, Patrick Hornqvist’s, once again with a man advantage.
Anton Lundell also made the lantern shine during this post.
To return to Duclair, the 26-year-old finished his evening by pushing the disc into an empty cage at the end of the third period. So he has eight goals and 12 points after 11 duels.
Jesper Fast and Vincent Trocheck provided the hurricane response.
If the Hurricanes were the last team undefeated in the National League prior to this game, then the Panthers, they are, became the only team on the Bettman Tour that did not lower the flag in regulation time after the showdown.
The Florida team has had just 10 wins and one loss in overtime since the start of the 2021-2022 campaign.
Their 21-point harvest in 11 games not only puts them first in the Atlantic League, but also puts them first in the overall standings.
Ranta leaves after a violent collision
After a while, goalkeeper Fredrik Andersen sat at the end of the bench, having given four times out of 15 shots. So Ante Ranta came in relief, but Andersen had to get back on the ice after his replacement was injured.
On the line, Panthers player Ryan Lomberg was in a puck race and was skating at full speed when Ranta decided to clear his ground. However, Lomberg was unable to avoid the masked man, who fell hard on the ice, before leaving moments later.
Thus, Lomberg received a big penalty and misconduct in the match. A hearing with the Player Safety Department is more than likely.
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