NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Carolina
(Friday, October 2nd)
Final Score: Philadelphia 2, Carolina 0
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Ray Emery stopped all 28 shots he faced to post his ninth career shutout, as the Philadelphia Flyers shut down the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-0, in the season opener for both teams at RBC Center.
After a one-year stint in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, Emery earned his first NHL victory since February 23, 2008 while tending net for Ottawa. He also picked up his first regular-season whitewash since February 28, 2007, coincidentally against Carolina.
"I didn't know that information, but that's terrific," Flyers head coach John Stevens admitted. "As I said before, he's looked more comfortable everyday. He looks alert, he's finding pucks, and makes saves on effort. He was tremendous."
Jeff Carter and Mike Richards tallied for the Flyers, who suffered a first- round exit at the hands of Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh last season.
Cam Ward made 25 saves in defeat for the Hurricanes, who made a surprise run to the Eastern Conference finals before also falling to the Penguins.
After launching 15 shots on net in a scoreless first period, the Flyers got on the board twice in a 22-second span early in the second.
With Sergei Samsonov off on a double-minor for high sticking committed late in the first period, Carter struck at 25 seconds and Richards came back at the 47-second mark.
On the first score, Carter was able to shovel a loose puck off a Danny Briere chance into the cage beneath a fallen Ward, while Richards on the second goal redirected Simon Gagne's shot from the right wing.
Emery halted eight Hurricane shots in the middle 20 minutes to make the lead hold up, then came up with 12 saves in the third period to lock up the victory.
Carolina enjoyed a 6-on-4 advantage with Ward pulled and a power play in the final 36 seconds but had only one quality chance before time ran out.
"I thought we played better after the two quick goals," said Carolina head coach Paul Maurice. "I thought what happened determined the tension on how the game was going to go. After they got the pair, we put a lot more effort into each shift and had better chances."
The Flyers won three of four matchups last year and have taken seven of the last nine meetings...Philly hasn't lost in Carolina since February 22, 2007 and improved to 7-0-1 in its last eight games there since October, 2005...The Flyers' last opening-game shutout victory came on October 9, 2003 against Buffalo...Their last road opener shutout occurred on October 9, 1998 at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers...The Flyers ended 2-for-5 on the power play, while Carolina misfired on all eight of its chances.
10/02 22:58:29 ET