Left winger Jiri Tlusty scored the game-winning goal with 6:10 to
play, and the Hurricanes edged the Flyers 3-2 in a makeup game
Right winger Alexander Semin and left winger Nathan Gerbe also
scored for the Hurricanes (21-19-9). Carolina goaltender Anton
Khudobin made 22 saves.
The Hurricanes, who lost three of their previous four games,
improved to 3-0 against Philadelphia this season with three one-goal
The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday night but was
postponed because of a snowstorm.
"We were ready to go," Hurricanes center Eric Staal said.
"Definitely an extended stay at the hotel, but we were excited to
get back out there and try to put forth a good effort, and we
responded. I thought our energy was good. Now we've got to follow up
Center Claude Giroux and left winger Scott Hartnell collected
Philadelphia's goals. The Flyers (25-20-6) are 1-2-1 at home since
winning 10 in a row at the Wells Fargo Center.
After the Flyers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie it on Hartnell's
power-play goal three minutes into the third period, the Hurricanes
wouldn't let Philadelphia earn their 10th comeback win of the
Tlusty scored the decisive goal on a rebound after goaltender Steve
Mason stopped defenseman Andrej Sekera's slap shot.
"They came back, but we stuck with the plan, and we did a lot of
good things out there," Tlusty said. "You're playing against a
really skilled team and you don't want to give them the room because
if you give them the room they will make the plays. I think all five
guys always on the ice doing a great job keeping it tight is why we
had success tonight."
Earlier in the period, just 13 seconds into a man advantage,
Hartnell fired in a rebound after a shot by right winger Wayne
Simmonds in front, tying the score at 2.
It seemed the Flyers were on their way to another comeback win, but
they couldn't do much afterward.
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"We're just not playing our best hockey for the first 10 to
15 minutes and then we turn it up after that," Simmonds said.
"You're not going to be able to do that for the rest of the
year. Every team in this league is a good hockey team. If you
get down a couple goals, they're most likely going to shut you
down, and that's what's happened."
Giroux cut it to 2-1 with a goal in the final minute of the
second. He came around the net and backhanded a bank shot off
Khudobin's chest and into the net.
"We didn't play well the whole game," Flyers coach Craig Berube
said. "They should be upset."
Semin gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead in the first period on his
seventh goal in the past 13 games. He fired a slap shot from the
right circle through defenseman Andrej Meszaros' legs and into
the top corner.
Gerbe made it 2-0 in the second period on a spectacular
breakaway goal after a turnover by defenseman Luke Schenn. Gerbe
skated in alone, put the puck between his own legs and beat
Mason with a shot.
"I was fortunate it went in, but it's something I like to try in
practice," Gerbe said. "I just try to always work on skills and
try different things, and that was the instance tonight."
NOTES: Flyers RW Jakub Voracek was in the lineup two days after
injuring his hand vs. the Islanders. ... Hurricanes RW Alexander
Semin has scored at least one goal in three straight games. ...
Hurricanes G Cam Ward (lower body) and LW Drayson Bowman (lower
body) didn't play. ... Tuesday was the first time a Flyers home
game was postponed due to inclement weather. ... The teams
finish their four-game season series April 13 in Carolina. ...
The Flyers play the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Thursday. ...
The Hurricanes play the Sabres in Buffalo on Thursday.
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