The Carolina Hurricanes traded for Jordan Martinook this year, looking to bring in a veteran forward, a character guy, a gritty player who could kill penalties and maybe score some goals along the way.
Martinook scored some Friday. His three goals and first career hat trick, Cheap Carolina Hurricanes Jerseys combined with a power-play score from Teuvo Teravainen and goalie Curtis McElhinney’s 34 saves carried the Canes to a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers at PNC Arena.
McElhinney made his third straight start as Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour elected to ride the hot goalie as the Canes (11-8-3) closed their six-game homestand with a 4-1-1 record. Troy Brouwer scored for the Panthers in the third period but only after the Canes had built a 3-0 lead.
The crowd was lively Friday, breaking out into The Wave in the third period — “It was nuts,” a smiling Martinook said. Canes fans again enjoyed the post-game celebration, which had the players lining up by jersey number, then tumbling one by one to the ice in a domino effect.