Huberdeau scores in debut, Panthers top 'Canes 5-1
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists in his NHL debut, Brian Campbell scored twice in a first-period frenzy and the Florida Panthers opened defense of their Southeast Division title with a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Alex Kovalev also had a goal and two assists in his first game with Florida.
Jose Theodore made 41 saves for the Panthers, who led 4-0 after the first 20 minutes for their highest-scoring period since Dec. 17, 2010.
Scottie Upshall also scored for Florida.
Patrick Dwyer had the lone goal for Carolina, which was down 5-0 early in the second. Starting goaltender Cam Ward was pulled following the first period, after stopping just eight of the 12 shots he faced.