NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Carolina |
(Tuesday, March 23rd)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Carolina 2
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Branko Radivojevic tallied a goal and an
assist, as the Philadelphia Flyers skated to a 4-2 victory over the Carolina
Hurricanes at the RBC Center.
Simon Gagne, Marcus Ragnarsson and Patrick Sharp each added a goal for the
Flyers, who are 4-1-2 in their last seven games. Sean Burke started in goal
after a two-game layoff and turned aside 26 shots in the winning effort.
"We got a lot of good play by some of our younger players," said Flyers head
coach Ken Hitchcock. "I thought Sharp...and Radivojevic were good for us"
Despite the victory, the Flyers remained one point behind the Eastern
Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, who earned a big 7-2 win in Toronto on
Meanwhile, the race for the Atlantic Division crown is still tight. Philly,
with 98 points, did not gain any ground on New Jersey, as the defending
Stanley Cup champions edged the Florida Panthers in overtime and sit six
points behind with a game in hand.
Bret Hedican and Craig Adams accounted for the Carolina scoring, as the
Hurricanes finished winless against the Flyers this season (0-2-2). Kevin
Weekes allowed four goals on 25 shots in the losing effort. The Hurricanes
failed to earn a point for the first time in seven contests (4-1-0-2).
After failing on one full power play and part of another, the Flyers jumped
out to a 1-0 lead on Sharp's fifth goal of the season at the 12:41 mark of the
opening period. Radivojevic picked up the puck behind the Carolina net and
headed to the right of Weekes, but put on the brakes and shifted the other
way. He then quickly spotted Sharp, who ripped home the pass down low.
Carolina responded less than a minute later. Former Flyer Justin Williams held
control along the left half-wall and fed a pass back to the point, where
Hedican blasted home a one-timer with 6:24 remaining in the first.
Before the midpoint of the middle stanza, the teams again traded quick goals,
this time 1:34 apart.
First, Ragnarsson released a wrister from the left point off a pass from
Alexei Zhamnov. Just seconds after takeoff, the puck appeared to hit the blade
of Williams' stick, which caused a redirection that Weekes could not handle
and the Flyers led 2-1 just past the seven-minute mark.
But soon after, the Hurricanes countered when Burke was caught out of
position. Adams' seventh goal, assisted by Rod Brind'Amour and Ryan Bayda,
from in close knotted the contest at two apiece.
"We still have to get a lot better in our own zone with the puck under
pressure," Hitchcock added.
With 1:11 remaining in the second period, Gagne put the Flyers ahead for good,
courtesy of a great pass from Donald Brashear. After fighting off a defender
behind the goal, Brashear sent a crisp cross-ice pass from the low right
boards that found the stick of Gagne and he lifted it in from the left post.
Before two minutes had been played in the final frame, Weekes was caught
sleeping and the visitors capitalized. Joni Pitkanen's soft dump caromed off
the back wall, and Weekes slowly skated behind his net to play it. However,
the puck slid under his stick and led to an easy open-net goal for Radivojevic
that sealed the victory.
"We made costly mistakes at the wrong time, and we didn't bury some of the
chances that we had," said Carolina coach Peter Laviolette.
Burke moved into 18th place on the all-time win list with 303...The Flyers are
32-2-5-3 this season when they score at least three goals...Carolina is
2-9-3-1 in its last 15 home tilts...Philadelphia is now unbeaten in its last
eight versus the Hurricanes (4-0-4), who finished scoreless on five chances
with the extra skater...The Flyers missed on three power-play opportunities.
03/24 01:09:38 ET