If the Panthers could play the Carolina Hurricanes every game, they might enjoy smooth skating throughout the season.

The Panthers (32-23-13), playing the first of a four-game homestand, earned their fourth consecutive win over the Hurricanes this season with a 2-0 victory at the BankAtlantic Center on Sunday night.

It was the Panthers' first shutout since they beat the Bruins 2-0 in Boston on Dec.?8.

Goalie Jose Theodore was a strong defensive presence in net, stopping 34 shots overall and 19 during the second period when the Hurricanes (26-28-15) put on a tough charge around the goal.

It was Theodore's third shutout of the season, his fifth career shutout against Carolina and the 33rd shutout of his career.