RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jordan Staal scored twice, and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied with four goals in the third period to beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Vincent Trocheck scored a power-play goal against his former team and assisted on Dougie Hamilton’s tying goal early in the third, also on the power play. Jesper Fast had a late goal for Carolina, and Sebastian Aho had three assists.
The Hurricanes won for the first time this season when trailing after two periods, improving to 1-4-0 in those games.
“We had to be better (in the third period),” Staal said. “We were fortunate enough to find a way to get two points.”
Aleksander Barkov scored both goals for the Panthers, whose six-game winning streak — the longest active run in the league — was snapped. The Panthers had been 18-0-1 when leading after two periods.
“Just to be positive going into the third period,” Trocheck said of the Hurricanes’ approach. “It was a good game. They’re a good team, so we couldn’t get down on ourselves for being in the position we were in.”
Florida was ahead 2-1 heading into the third in this one, but Hamilton tied it 45 seconds into the period on a wrist shot through traffic from inside the blueline.
“At 2-2, we were still in a pretty good spot there,” Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said. “It could have gone either way.”
Perhaps the tone had been set in Carolina’s favor for the final period by converting on the power play.
“We took off,” Aho said. “A solid period for us.”
Staal put the Hurricanes ahead with 11:08 remaining when the puck trickled past Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. He later added an empty-netter with 1:40 to play.
“I try to shoot as hard as I can,” Staal said of his first goal. “I had a good bounce there.”