Nedeljkovic makes 24 saves, Hurricanes shut out Panthers

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Alex Nedeljkovic made 24 saves for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 3-0 win against the Florida Panthers at PNC Arena on Thursday.

Nedeljkovic’s shutout was his third in 15 starts this season.

Vincent Trocheck and Martin Necas each had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes (27-9-3), who have won three in a row and are 5-0-1 against the Panthers this season. 

Chris Driedger made 19 saves for the Panthers (26-11-4), who were swept in the two-game set following a 5-2 loss here Tuesday.

Sebastian Aho gave Carolina a 1-0 lead at 14:31 of the first period, scoring on a one-timer from the right circle off a pass from Trocheck during a power play. The goal was Aho’s 300th NHL point.

Trocheck made it 2-0 at 6:35 of the second period when his shot from a sharp angle hit the junction of the right post and crossbar, deflected up in the air and landed on Driedger’s back before going into the net. Trocheck has scored one goal in each of the six games against his former team this season.

Necas scored an empty-net goal with 52 seconds remaining for the 3-0 final.

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