RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Alex Nedeljkovic made 24 saves for his third career shutout, all in his last 12 games, and Vincent Trocheck scored another goal against his former team as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Florida Panthers 3-0 on Thursday night.
Sebastian Aho and Martin Necas also scored for Carolina, which swept a two-game set from the Panthers to move ahead of Florida in the closely contested Central Division.
“All these games are really important right now,” Trocheck said. “It’s going to be a really hard-fought battle to the end to try to secure first placed with them and Tampa (Bay). To win both against them these last few days is really big.”
Chris Driedger made 19 saves for the Panthers, who were shut out for the third time this season.