Final SO

Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Sunday, September 18th
Game 2: Thursday, September 29th

Panthers 5

(1-0-0, 2 pts)

Hurricanes 4

(1-0-1, 3 pts)

3:00 PM ET, September 18, 2005

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 SO T
FLA 2 1 1 15
CAR 0 4 0 04

Top Skaters

Florida 5, Carolina 4

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Nathan Horton scored the game-winning goal in a shootout as the Florida Panthers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 Sunday.

Horton slipped the puck beneath Martin Gerber's pads to give the Panthers the win in their first preseason game.

Florida forced the game into a shootout after tying the game on a goal by Rostislav Olesz three minutes into the third period. Carolina forward Kevyn Adams missed a chance to win the game in overtime with about one minute left when his shot went off the crossbar.

Florida suffered through 17 penalties, but the Hurricanes were able to convert only twice as they were 2-for-16. Carolina had eight penalties and Florida went 1-for-7 on the power play.

Jamie McLennan started in goal for Florida and stopped 11 of 12 shots. Jean- Marc Pelletier relieved McLennan midway through the second period and finished the game. Pelletier made 15 saves against 18 shots and stopped all four in the shootout.

Trailing 2-0, the Hurricanes got four straight goals in the second period by Andrew Hutchinson, Niclas Wallin, Eric Staal and Mike Zigomanis.

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