RALEIGH, N.C. — Vincent Trocheck and Jordan Staal each scored two goals, and the Carolina Hurricanes ended the Florida Panthers’ six-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory at PNC Arena on Tuesday.
Sebastian Aho had three assists for the Hurricanes (26-9-3), who are 4-0-1 against the Panthers this season. Petr Mrazek made 34 saves in his second game after missing 31 with a thumb injury.
Aleksander Barkov scored twice, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves for the Panthers (26-10-4).
The teams will complete the two-game set here Thursday.
Trocheck tied it 2-2 on the power play when he tipped Dougie Hamilton‘s shot from the point 45 seconds into the third period.
Staal gave Carolina a 3-2 lead at 8:52. His shot trickled through Bobrovsky before Radko Gudas cleared the puck off the goal line, but it deflected into the net off teammate Owen Tippett.
Staal then scored an empty-net goal with 1:40 remaining, and Jesper Fast added another with 56 seconds left for the 5-2 final.
Florida took a 1-0 lead at 11:19 of the first period. Mrazek kicked out a centering pass by MacKenzie Weegar in the slot, and Barkov chipped in the rebound on his backhand.
Trocheck tied it 1-1 when he redirected a centering pass from Aho for a power-play goal at 18:03 of the second period. Trocheck has scored in each of the five games against his former team this season.
Barkov scored 27 seconds later when he one-timed a pass from Carter Verhaeghe to put the Panthers ahead 2-1.