NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Philadelphia|
(Saturday, December 15th)
Final Score: Carolina 6, Philadelphia 5 (SO)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Joffrey Lupul notched his second hat
trick of the week, but it was former Flyer Rod Brind'Amour who came back to
haunt his former club with a stunning goal in the shootout that gave the
Carolina Hurricanes a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
After Danny Briere missed high on Philadelphia's first attempt of the
shootout, Carolina's Matt Cullen beat Marty Biron five-hole. Mike Richards
answered for the Flyers before Jeff Hamilton went top shelf on Martin Biron.
Lupul scored to keep the game alive for Philadelphia before Brind'Amour
stepped on the ice for the Hurricanes. He skated in on Biron and fired a shot
that the Flyers netminder managed to deflect with his shoulder. However, the
puck went straight into the air, off the crossbar, off Biron's back, down his
leg and across the goal line inside the left post for the game-winner.
Niclas Wallin, Scott Walker, Cullen, Eric Staal and Trevor Letowski each
scored and John Grahame finished with 36 saves for the Hurricanes, who halted
a three-game losing streak.
Briere and Scott Hartnell also scored for the Flyers, who are just 5-5-3 in
their last 13 contests, and have lost seven of their last eight home games.
Biron ended with 29 saves in a disappointing loss.
Lupul also recorded a hat trick in Philadelphia's 8-2 win over Pittsburgh on
The Flyers struck first on Lupul's breakaway goal midway through the first
period, but the Hurricanes answered with goals from Wallin and Walker roughly
a minute and a half apart to take the lead.
Then, just over two minutes into the second period, Carolina went up 3-1 on
Cullen's controversial goal.
Tim Gleason fired a shot from the right point that Craig Adams redirected with
what appeared to be a high stick. The puck bounced off Cullen's midesction and
past Biron, and officials immediately went up to the replay booth.
Replay eventually determined that the puck hit off a Flyer before crossing the
goal line for a 3-1 Hurricanes advantage.
Philadelphia answered quickly as Hartnell stuffed home a rebound 5:28 into the
period to bring the Flyers within 3-2.
Gleason then appeared to make a diving stop of Lupul's shot on a wide open
Carolina net just over two minutes later. However, replays after a timeout
revealed that Lupul's shot crossed the goal line cleanly before hitting
Gleason's leg. Lupul was awarded his second goal of the game to make it 3-3.
Carolina, however, went into the second intermission with a 4-2 lead thanks
Staal's goal with 6:40 left in the period.
Philadelphia came out strong to start the final period as Hartnell found
Briere alone at the left post for the equalizer 30 seconds into the third.
The Hurricanes answered less than six minutes later as Bret Hedican fired a
slap shot from the left point that Letowski redirected past Biron.
Thanks to a 5-on-3 power play, Lupul was able to net his third goal of the
game to make it 5-5. Richards threw the puck in front of the Carolina net and
after a couple failed clears by the defense, Lupul was just able to push it
across the goal line from inside the crease with 8:14 left in regulation.
Both teams had a full two-minute power play in the overtime period but were
unable to score.
Philadelphia went 2-for-6 on the power play, while Carolina squandered seven
opportunities with the man-advantage...Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn
finished with two assists...The Flyers finished the year 3-1-0 against the
Hurricanes, and have not swept the Hartford/Carolina franchise in a regular
season since winning all three games during the 1992-93 campaign.
12/16 00:30:59 ET