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Game Blog: Hurricanes top Flyers 3-2

Posted January 22, 2014

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.

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  • wlcat609 Jan 22, 2014

    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!

  • kheffn Jan 22, 2014

    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 23, 2014

    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 23, 2014

    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.

  • jscott13 Jan 23, 2014

    It was on Direct TV channel 645 as well.

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Half
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
 
Final
ATL 104
HOU 96
 
4th
MEM 67
UTA 74
 
4th
CHI 77
WAS 67
 
2nd
DEN 36
MIL 40
 
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
 
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
 
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
 
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
 
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
 
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
 
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
2nd
NDAK 78
NEOM 80
 
2nd
NILL 59
WMICH 56
 
2nd
ILLCH 58
WRST 57
 
Half
MIZZ 30
AUB 30
 
1st
UGA 22
KENT 23
 
Half
NW 27
MICH 34
 
Half
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
1st
UF 26
TEXAM 23
 
1st
KU 22
WVU 32
 
1st
CREI 16
VILL 12
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
Final
CLB 3
WAS 5
 
3rd
TAM 3
BUF 0
 
3rd
FLA 2
TOR 2
 
2nd Intermission
MIN 2
OTT 2
 
2nd
DAL 0
NYI 1
 
1st Intermission
ARI 0
ANA 1
 
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