banner
Hurricanes

Game Blog: Hurricanes top Flyers 3-2

Posted January 22

After the Hurricanes took a 2-0 lead the Flyers tied it up 2-2 in the third. A goal by Jiri Tlusty sealed the Hurricanes 3-2 win in Philadelphia.

6:10 third period; Carolina 3, Philadelphia 2: A goal by Jiri Tlusty puts the Canes back up 3-2 with 6:10 left in the game.

17:00 third period; Carolina 2, Philadelphia 2: Flyers' Scott Hartnell scored on a power play to even things up early in the third period. Riley Nash took a two-minute penalty for high-sticking.

0:35 second period; Carolina 2, Philadelphia 1: A backhander by Claude Giroux bests Anton Khudobin and the Flyers pull within one at the end of the second period.

6:22 second period; Carolina 2, Philadelphia 0: Nathan Gerbe scored an unassisted between the legs goal from 15 feet out to put the Hurricanes up 2-0 in the second period.

8:03 first period; Carolina 1, Philadelphia 0: Alexander Semin scored on a 45 foot snapshot thanks to the set-up by Eric Staal and Mike Komisarek.

10:12 first period; Carolina 0, Philadelphia 0: Anton Khudobin got the start in net as the postponed game got underway in Philadelphia. Steve Mason took net for the Flyers.

Pregame: It may be a day late, but the Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers will finally get together on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers and Hurricanes were originally scheduled to play on Tuesday night in Philadelphia, but a blast of winter weather postponed the contest until this evening.

In addition, the NHL announced that the Hurricanes' scheduled home game against the Ottawa Senators on Friday night has been moved to Saturday, Jan. 25, at noon. Carolina is playing Thursday evening in Buffalo and needed to move Friday's game to avoid playing on three straight days.

The Hurricanes hope to get back on track in Wednesday's Metropolitan Division battle in the City of Brotherly Love.

Carolina won a season-best five straight games from Dec. 31-Jan. 9, but has since dropped three of four games. Still, the Hurricanes are only three points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and they hope to rebound against the Flyers, who are six points ahead of Carolina in both the division and conference standings.

The Hurricanes are 2-0 against Philadelphia this season, but both previous games were played in Raleigh. The Flyers have won two straight and eight of nine on home ice against Carolina and have claimed four of six and 15 of 19 in the series overall.

After picking up a home win over Florida on Saturday, Carolina was back in the regulation loss column the following day, dropping a 5-3 decision against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa scored the game's first four goals en route to the win at PNC Arena.

Eric Staal had a goal and an assist in the loss, with Alexander Semin and Ron Hainsey also scoring for the Hurricanes. Justin Peters was yanked from the start in the first period after giving up three goals on just seven shots. Anton Khudobin finished the game in net and made 15 stops.

"It was a tough night," said Staal. "We did what we wanted to do and threw a lot of shots at the net, but they were able to capitalize on their chances. We didn't sulk and cry and fought back into it, but it wasn't enough."

Carolina is playing the first of two straight on the road tonight and will visit Buffalo on Thursday. The 'Canes are 9-9-4 as the visiting team this season.

The Flyers have lost four of their last six games and recently split a home- and-home series with the New York Islanders. Philadelphia rallied for a 6-4 win in the home portion on Saturday before blowing a lead late in regulation in Monday's 4-3 shootout loss on Long Island.

Kyle Okposo tied the game late in the third period and scored the game-winner in the shootout to lift the Isles to Monday's win over their division rivals. Okposo scored on a backhand to open the fourth round of the tiebreaker. Anders Nilsson, in his first action for New York since Dec. 9, turned away Sean Couturier's bid to claim just the second win of his NHL career.

Ray Emery stopped 40 shots for Philadelphia in the loss. Emery has yet to lose a game in regulation to the Islanders in his career (7-0-2)

The Flyers scored all three of their goals in the second period. Matt Read lit the lamp twice and Wayne Simmonds added career goal No. 99.

"It's something we've struggled with, letting teams back in the game. It's a matter of not moving our feet and taking stupid penalties," Read stated. "We have to learn from this and move forward."

Steve Mason expects to start in net for Philadelphia on Wednesday, as he tries to rebound from his performance on Saturday. After signing a three-year contract extension earlier in the day, Mason was pulled in the second period against the Islanders after allowing four goals on 24 shots.

Mason has excellent career numbers against the Hurricanes, going 5-1-1 with a 1.85 goals against average in the matchup.

5 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • jscott13 Jan 23, 2:42 p.m.

    It was on Direct TV channel 645 as well.

  • kheffn Jan 23, 1:29 p.m.

    wlcat609 - Thanks. I didn't know that. I had looked at the TWC guide and it showed that the game would be 0n 1508 (FSC) but they were showing ACC stuff so I listened to the canes on the radio.

  • wlcat609 Jan 23, 9:39 a.m.

    Kheffn - Game was televised on TWC channel 1521 (Time Warner special presentation) - that is where I got to watch it. NHL Center Ice version was blacked out.

  • kheffn Jan 22, 9:56 p.m.

    Great win. I was worried about it when they let Philly back in. Since the game wasn't televised here, this is Gerbe's goal if you haven't seen it. Amazing.

    http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?hdpid=49&id=544460

  • wlcat609 Jan 22, 9:36 p.m.

    Check out Gerbe's goal (Cane's second)...a highlight variety. San Jose's Tomas Hertl scored the same way earlier this season when he scored 4 goals in the game.A good Cane's win.

    Cane's announcers mentioned that Cam Ward was skating yesterday and may be ready to play next week - think putting him back in net at this point would be a mistake as Canes are doing just find with Khudobin!

    Also Philly's 'Ice Girls' are great eye candy - even the Cane's announcers were speechless when one was flashed on the screen!!!! Absolutely awesome!

  • ACC: North Carolina at Virginia

    Tomorrow at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Sunday at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Logan Zone with Steve Logan

    Tomorrow at 10:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
ECU 31
UCONN 21
Final
CHA 79
IND 88
Final
CAL 5
CAR 0
9:30pm Tonight
EDM
CAR
 
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
Final
CHA 79
IND 88
Final
DET 109
PHI 103
Final
NOP 88
DAL 85
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
DAL
 
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
NYK
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
MIA
 
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
MIN
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
SAN
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
PHO
 
10:00pm Tonight
LAL
SAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
DEN
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
POR
 
Final
ECU 31
UCONN 21
Final
VT 6
MIAMI 30
7:00pm Tonight
CIN
SFLA
7:30pm Tonight
SALABAMA
TROY
9:00pm Tonight
BSU
BYU
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
OREG
Final
BOS 2
NYI 3
Final
DET 4
PIT 3
Final
MIN 2
ARI 0
Final
NAS 3
CHI 2
Final
STL 1
VAN 4
Final
CAL 5
CAR 0
Final
LOS 2
BUF 0
Final
SJS 4
CLB 5
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
DAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
TAM
 
9:00pm Tonight
COL
VAN
 
9:30pm Tonight
EDM
CAR
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
CLB
 
Final
DEN 35
SDC 21