TAMPA -- A day after the fact, the Canes' Dan LaCouture had to shake his head and smile. In his first game for Carolina, he scores the game-winning goal in a 6-4 win over the Florida Panthers in the season opener.
LaCouture didn't have any family or friends at the game at the RBC Center -- they were all in Massachusetts. But he had plenty of voicemails and text messages awaiting him after it.
"Quite a few," he said, breaking into a big grin. "Everyone back home was watching the game. My parents, sisters and brothers and buddies were watching the game on television.
"Even my wife kept my little two-year-old daughter up, even though she doesn't understand fully. But she knew she was watching Dad."