The Hurricanes game against the Boston Bruins will still be played as scheduled Sunday evening.
“It’s been a joke around the locker room that I might go in today. And for it to actually happen, I kind of pinched myself.”
The Hurricanes scored six goals in the third – including four in a 4:40 span – to erase a 5-2 deficit.
The Hurricanes ran their home winning streak to five, and ended a six-game skid against Florida.
He said he’s “been struggling to understand what was going on with my body” since the 2015 playoffs with Chicago.
It was surprising that Gauthier was still available with the 21st pick, but the Canes were thrilled he was.
The deal was done Friday, soon after free agency began.
The Carolina Hurricanes selected defenseman Jake Bean with the 13th overall pick of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis believes the team’s future is secure in North Carolina.
Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. is being sued by three of his sons for more than $100 million.