Nedeljkovic excels as Hurricanes blank Panthers 3-0 – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Alex Nedeljkovic made 24 saves in his last 12 games for his third career shutout, and Vincent Trocheck scored another goal against his former team when the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Florida Panthers 3-0 on Thursday night .

Sebastian Aho and Martin Necas also scored a goal for Carolina, which set the Panthers two games ahead of Florida in the highly competitive Central Division.

“All of those games are really important right now,” said Trocheck. “It will be a very competitive battle until the end to try and secure first place with you and Tampa (Bay). To win both of them against them in the last few days is really big. “

Chris Driedger made 19 parades for the Panthers, which were banned for the third time this season.

Nedeljkovic made 10 of his saves in the third period.

“That’s what goalkeepers do for you,” said Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour. “You need these parades at the right time and he did it.”

Aho scored just 7 seconds after Matt Kiersted’s penalty kick in the first period. Trocheck sent a pass through the slot and Aho shot without resistance.

Trocheck’s goal came in the second period when the puck was in the air over Driedger and the Panthers couldn’t get control of it before it dripped into the net.

“Did you see the target?” Said Trocheck. “It looked pretty happy.”

Trocheck, who traded with the Panthers less than 15 months ago, has scored one goal in each of Carolina’s six games against Florida this season.

The Hurricanes have reported failures in two of their last three games. Petr Mrazek had the other.

The goalkeeper mix also includes James Reimer, who has 14 wins at team level this season. Nedeljkovic and Mrazek have combined for 13.

“It’s the greatest thing there is currently, just to be won,” said Nedeljkovic.

Florida went 0 to 4 in power games.

“We didn’t take anything out of the power game to add some excitement to our game,” said Panthers coach Joel Quenneville. “We tried, but we weren’t very good.”

Necas had a goal without conceding.

The Hurricanes are 5-0-1 against the Panthers this season.

“Bounces weren’t going our way,” said Panthers center Frank Vatrano. “We didn’t get enough chances. We didn’t get enough body in front of the net. “

AHO DELIVERS

Aho has become a consistent goalscorer for the Hurricanes. His goal brought him to 300 career points in 349 career games.

Since the franchise moved from Connecticut nearly 25 years ago, only two Carolina players – former strikers Ray Whitney and Cory Stillman – have scored more points per game than Aho.

This year Aho and Trocheck share the lead with 16 goals each.

ON THE MARKET

The Panthers entered the trading market on Thursday, acquiring defenseman Lucas Carlsson and striker Lucas Wallmark of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Wallmark made his NHL debut as a Carolina player. Last season he played for the Panthers on a trade from the Hurricanes.

“It gives us depth in the middle,” said Quenneville. “It gives us a penalty. I think he’s a smart player. “

The Panthers sent Brett Connolly and defenseman Riley Stillman to Chicago, along with free agents restricted rights to forward Henrik Borgstrom and a seventh draft pick from 2021.

Stillman had played for the Panthers in the last seven games. Connolly had been a scratch in the last three games when he was with the organization.

NOT AGAIN

The three hiding of the Panthers this season was 3-0 each time.

Quenneville said the scoring opportunities in the last loss weren’t strong enough.

“The quality was low of what we expected,” said Quenneville.

NEXT

Panthers: Travel to Dallas for Saturday and Tuesday games.

Hurricanes: Play Detroit at home on Saturday and Monday.

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