It didn't take long for the Hurricanes to take advantage of the goalie change as they scored two goals in five minutes. Tlusty scored his second goal after he grabbed a loose puck to the left of the net. Ellis fell down in the crease and wasn't able to reach across to block the shot from the left side. Tlusty found the net at 2:30 of the second for his third two-goal game of the season and a 2-0 lead.
The Hurricanes stretched their advantage to 3-0 on Skinner's goal. He took a pass from behind the net and his shot from the right side beat Ellis on the stick side at 5:46 of the second.
"It's never a fun situation because you know your partner . something might not be good with him," Ellis said. "That's the job and you have to be ready when they call you. I wish I could have made two more saves."
The Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead on Tlusty's first goal 9:09 into the first period. Eric Staal grabbed a loose puck along the left boards and brought it toward the net. He passed to Tlusty low in the right circle. Tlusty was able to work the puck and get Luongo out of position and score on a wrist shot.
"Tonight we scored the first goal, which is always better than being one down. Everyone came ready," Tlusty said.
NOTES: Gudbranson returned to the lineup after missing the past nine games with a knee injury. ... The Hurricanes won all three games against the Panthers this season. ... Khudobin has started five of the past six games for the Hurricanes.