NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Philadelphia|
(Monday, November 21st)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Philadelphia 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Alexei Ponikarovsky had two goals and an
assist as the Carolina Hurricanes downed the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, at
Wells Fargo Center.
Chad LaRose scored a goal and added two assists while Jeff Skinner also lit
the lamp for the Hurricanes, who have won two straight on the heels of a
three-game slide. Cam Ward stopped 30 shots in the win.
"I thought our defense was really good, until we got into penalty trouble and
it had fallen off a little bit, just fatigue had set in," said Carolina head
coach Paul Maurice. "Our overall team defense, while there's still area to
improve, it was markedly and decidedly better than it was a week ago."
James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist while Matt Read scored a goal for
the fifth straight game for the Flyers, who have dropped their past two. Ilya
Bryzgalov was tagged for all four goals on 31 shots.
The first goal of the game was a power-play marker from Carolina. Holding the
puck along the mid boards at the right side, Jussi Jokinen sent a pass down
low to LaRose. From there, LaRose skated out to the side of the net and sent a
pass to the front for an easy slam from Ponikarovsky with 6:18 left in the
With time winding down in the opening period, Skinner spun around Kimmo
Timonen to gain the zone, slid down the right wing and his second whack at the
puck went in with 15 seconds left for a 2-0 lead.
Just 1:34 into the second, the Flyers cut into their deficit when van Riemsdyk
skated around the left side and used a rebound of his wraparound attempt to
get his eighth goal of the year.
Carolina, though, answered just two minutes later. Tomas Kaberle got a pass
from Ponikarovsky at the left point and skated to the low left corner. From
there, he sent it to the inside left circle where LaRose wristed it in.
Skating on the man advantage, the Flyers made it a 3-2 game when van Riemsdyk
skated into the Carolina end down the right side, went behind the net and sent
a pass back over to the right where Read snapped it home.
The Hurricanes again responded with a power-play goal to take a 4-2 lead into
the third. With Bryzgalov on the ice, Ponikarovsky was able to get his
stick on the puck in front of the net and it popped over the goaltender with
1:27 left in the second.
"They played strong. They battled back every time we seemed to get something
going," said van Riemsdyk. "I think we took too many penalties. Obviously let
some power-play goals up there and it comes back to bite you in the end."
Ward turned aside seven shots in the third to keep Philly from getting any
It was the first time since December 19, 2006 that the Hurricanes won in
regulation in Philadelphia...Read leads all rookies in the NHL with nine
tallies...This was the third time these teams met this season with Philly
taking a 5-1 home win on October 29 and a 5-3 win in Carolina last Monday.
11/21 23:36:42 ET