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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - It looks as if Alexander Semin got the message.
It was Semin’s first two-goal game with Carolina, which signed the Russian forward in July 2012, and then gave him a $35 million, five-year extension last March. His seventh and eighth goals of the season came a day after general manager Jim Rutherford told a local TV station that he was disappointed in Semin’s production.
“He’s one of the best talents in the world, and when he plays hard, he’s one of my favorite players to watch,” teammate Riley Nash said. “It’s a real treat to watch him, especially the way he played tonight.”
Semin has been criticized for not playing hard at times, but he had eight shots against Florida and finished with a plus-two rating.
The teams were tied at one until Semin took control of a faceoff win by Eric Staal and shot past Tim Thomas at 2:31 of the third. He then scored Carolina's league-leading ninth short-handed goal on a breakaway at 8:57, also on an assist from Staal.
The Hurricanes ended a two-game skid and improved to 6-2 in their last eight.
Florida went 0 for 5 on the power play while falling to 7-29-4 at Carolina's arena.
Nash broke a seven-period scoring drought for the Hurricanes at 3:37 of the second. Radek Dvorak speared the puck when it appeared headed out of the offensive zone and fired toward the net. Nash kicked it to his stick and scored past Thomas.
Marcel Goc scored his ninth of the season for Florida at 15:05 of the second, tying it at 1. Jonathan Huberdeau and Tomas Kopecky assisted.
“It’s 1-1 in the third, and we have to get points in those games,” Florida coach Peter Horachek said. “We created chances to score that we’ve got to bear down on.”
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