by Kate Shefte
The announced crowd of 18, 860 nearly lost it when ‘Canes captain Rod Brind’Amour scored his first of the season, the third for the ‘Canes in this game, on a power play three and a half minutes in. Frank Kaberle, still determined to make up for his earlier gaff, notched the only assist.
Radek Dvorak ruined the party with an even-strength goal at 13:10, when Ward provided a rebound that bounced right to the Florida winger.
The ‘Canes go into the third period with a 4-3 lead. Newcomer Joni Pitkanen ripped a shot past Tomas Vokoun to close out the period scoring.
The Hurricanes defense, which wasn't a major factor in in scoring last year (Joe Corvo was the only D-man to crack the top ten, and he spent most of the season with Ottawa) is making itself known early. The 'Canes D has six points in the game so far - one goal and five assists.