Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist and the Florida Panthers beat Carolina 4-3 to prevent the Hurricanes from clinching the Southeast Division. Radek Dvorak added a goal and an assist, and Jay Bouwmeester and Steve Montador also scored for the Panthers, who snapped a 13-game losing streak at Carolina, winning there for the first time since 2002.
The Hurricanes would have clinched the division with a victory and outshot Florida 46-17 while committing no penalties to the Panthers' nine. Instead for Carolina, it will be a long weekend of scoreboard watching. Washington would clinch the division title by beating Florida on Saturday night. The division goes to the Hurricanes with a Capitals loss in regulation.