SUNRISE, Fla., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Brett McLean
finished off an offensive duel by scoring with 6:54 left in the third period Thursday, giving Florida a 5-4 decision over Carolina.
Five players scored for the Panthers, who won their third straight. Carolina had beaten Florida just once in their previous 11 meetings. Tomas Vokoun stopped 29 shots for the Panthers.
Florida overcame a 3-1 deficit with three straight goals and took the lead at 4:10 of the third period on a score by Stephen Weiss. Ray Whitney tied the game for Carolina just 29 seconds later.
McLean produced the game-winner after taking a centering pass from behind the net. His shot bounced off the skate of Carolina's Tim Gleason and past John Grahame.
The Hurricanes had a two-game winning streak stopped.
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