Staff photo by Chris Seward
What a way to open a season. The Carolina Hurricanes, after quickly falling behind the Florida Panthers 2-0 early in the game, surged to an exciting 6-4 victory at the RBC Center.
A second-period goal by defenseman Joni Pitkanen, Carolina's biggest offseason acquistion, gave the Canes a 4-3 lead, and Dan LaCouture's goal early in the third made it 5-3 and proved to be the game-winner.
The Canes were playing a Southeast Division rival and the team that kept it out of the playoffs last year with a victory in the final regular-season game.
"There were some good things and certainly some things we can do better," Canes coach Peter Laviolette said. "It's a starting point. I thought it was important for us to come back from 2-0 and we showed
some character there."