Huberdeau, Panthers defeat Hurricanes in OT


RALEIGH, N.C. — Jonathan Huberdeau scored three points, including a goal at 2:29 of overtime, and the Florida Panthers came from behind to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 at PNC Arena on Wednesday.

Aleksander Barkov‘s backhand pass from the Florida defensive zone sent Huberdeau in on a breakaway, and he scored on the forehand for his second goal of the game.

Chris Driedger made 32 saves for the Panthers (10-2-2), who are 4-1-0 in their past five.

Jordan Staal, Sebastian Aho and Vincent Trocheck scored for the Hurricanes (10-3-1), who had won three in a row. Alex Nedeljkovic made 33 saves.

Trocheck redirected a pass from Andrei Svechnikov at 13:39 of the third period for a power-play goal that tied it 3-3. Trocheck, who played 420 games for the Panthers from 2014-2020, was playing in his first game against his former team.

The Hurricanes scored goals 22 seconds apart late in the first period. 

Warren Foegele fed Staal for a top-shelf wrist shot with 1:32 remaining to make it 1-0. Aho tipped Brett Pesce‘s shot for a goal off the left post for a 2-0 lead with 1:10 left.

Huberdeau cut it to 2-1 with a power-play goal at 10:52 of the second. Huberdeau took a pass off the left boards from Keith Yandle and scored from the left face-off circle.

Alex Wennberg tied it 2-2 at 3:11 of the third period. Huberdeau spun to his backhand before sending a pass across the slot for Wennberg, who tapped the puck in at the left post.

Juho Lammikko scored his first NHL goal when his shot from the right face-off circle slipped through Nedeljkovic’s pads for a 3-2 lead at 12:06 of the third. Lammikko was playing his eighth game of the season and 48th of his NHL career.

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