Duclair, Panthers hand Hurricanes first loss, fall one short of record


SUNRISE, Fla. — The Carolina Hurricanes lost for the first time this season when they were defeated by the Florida Panthers, 5-2 at FLA Live Arena on Saturday.

Carolina had won its first nine games and was seeking to tie the longest season-opening winning streak in NHL history; the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres and 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs each started 10-0-0.

Anthony Duclair had two goals and two assists for the Panthers (10-0-1), who are the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss, and are one game from matching their longest point streak to start a season (8-0-4 in 1996-97).

This was the first game in NHL history between teams with active season-opening point streaks of nine or more games.

Florida scored three power-play goals to take a 4-0 lead in the first period.

Duclair scored for a 1-0 lead at 2:28 before Frank Vatrano made it 2-0 at 10:02 with each goal coming on the power play.

Anton Lundell made it 3-0 at 13:14, and Patric Hornqvist scored on the power play at 15:28 for a 4-0 lead.

Frederik Andersen was pulled after he allowed four goals on 15 shots in the first period but returned at 12:22 of the second when Antti Raanta sustained an upper-body injury. Raanta (four saves) collided with Panthers forward Ryan Lomberg, who was given a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. Andersen finished with 24 saves.

Jesper Fast scored to make it 4-1 at 7:01 of the second period before Vincent Trocheck made it 4-2 with the Hurricanes on a five-minute power play.

Duclair scored an empty-net goal at 19:01 for the 5-2 final.

Spencer Knight made 29 saves for the Panthers, who were without goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (upper-body injury) and forward Aleksander Barkov (lower-body injury).

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