NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Carolina|
(Wednesday, November 26th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Carolina 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Simon Gagne picked up three points on two goals
and an assist to lead Philadelphia over Carolina, 3-1, in the front end of a
home-and-home series at RBC Center.
"He's a consistent producer right now playing in a lot of key situations,"
said Flyers head coach John Stevens of Gagne's resurgence after missing most
of last season with post-concussion syndrome. " I know he had a couple of
goals there, but he had a lot of offensive opportunities. It's good to see him
playing at a high level."
Matt Carle scored the other goal for the Flyers, who upped their season-best
win streak to six games. Antero Niittymaki stopped 27 shots for his third win
of the season and second in as many starts.
Chad LaRose provided the lone tally for the Hurricanes, who have dropped three
in a row. Cam Ward took the loss despite allowing just two goals on 26 shots.
In a 4-on-4 situation early in the third period, Philly took a 2-1 lead 2:05
in, as rookie defenseman Luca Sbisa fed Carle for a wrister from the right
wing to cap a 3-on-1 break.
The Hurricanes flew at Niittymaki consistently from there, unloading 11 shots
and just missing several more good chances, but the Finnish netminder
stood strong in net.
Ward went to the bench for an extra attacker with 1:40 remaining, and after
several Carolina rushes were foiled, Gagne hit the empty net with less than a
second left to clinch it.
The Flyers took a 1-0 lead 5:52 into the contest. Jeff Carter's shot from 15
feet was blocked by bodies in front. From the left side, Scott Hartnell
managed to poke the puck loose for a waiting Gagne, who tapped it home from
the right side.
LaRose evened the score 1:52 into the second, shoveling home his own rebound
from the low slot.
"We were just not playing the game with any heart in the first period," said
Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette. "The other team wanted to win badly and
we did not. We changed our tune after the second period and competed at a much
higher level, really there is not excuse for that."
Gagne extended his point streak to nine games...Carle's tally was his first
with the club and second of the year...The Flyers have won five of the last
six meetings over the Hurricanes and three straight in Raleigh...Prior to the
game, Carolina activated defenseman Frantisek Kaberle from injured
reserve...Hurricanes forward Scott Walker left the game midway through the
second period and did not return due to a lower-body injury...LaRose has
scored in three straight games...Both clubs meet in Philadelphia on Friday.
11/26 23:14:09 ET