NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Philadelphia
(Wednesday, March 8th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Carolina 2 (SO)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Freddy Meyer scored with .6 seconds left in the third period to force overtime and Simon Gagne netted the deciding goal in an eventual shootout, as Philadelphia topped Carolina, 3-2, at the Wachovia Center.
R.J. Umberger also lit the lamp while Antero Niittymaki made 29 saves for the Flyers, who won their second consecutive game, both by shootout. Philadelphia, though, played most of the game without defenseman Derian Hatcher, who left with an injury.
Justin Williams and Ray Whitney both scored for Carolina, which saw its five- game winning streak halted. Martin Gerber made 33 saves in defeat.
The shootout was almost a mirror image of the Flyers' 5-4 shootout win against Montreal on Monday. Whitney had put Carolina ahead in the extra session and it was up to Forsberg, Philadelphia's third shooter, to extend the contest. He did just that, beating Gerber five hole with a backhand.
Carolina's Eric Staal had his ensuing chance poked away by Niittymaki and Gagne iced the win after a deke and backhander found the left corner of the net.
It took a clutch goal by Philadelphia to get that far.
With time winding down and Niittymaki on the bench, the Flyers pressed for the game-tying goal. With less then 10 seconds remaining, the puck found its way out to Mike Rathje at the blue line. The defender ripped a shot that was deflected in the slot by Meyer that just slipped through Gerber's five hole with .6 seconds remaining.
Carolina took a 1-0 lead just 3:17 into the contest after Williams capped off a 2-on-1 with Rod Brind'Amour with his 21st goal of the season.
Philadelphia used a four minute power play to tie the contest at 1-1 at 6:42 of the second. After Frantisek Kaberle was assessed four minutes for a high stick, Umberger lit the lamp for his 12th tally of the season with 2:10 remaining on the power play.
That left Philadelphia with two more minutes of power-play time, but the Flyers could not capitalize.
The Hurricanes had a great chance to go ahead midway through the second period. After Philadelphia's Eric Desjardins was called for a high stick at 9:37 of the frame, fellow defenseman Joni Pitkanen sent the puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty 33 seconds later.
Already without Hatcher, Meyer was then called for another delay of game minor, leaving the Flyers with just two defenseman on their bench while extending Carolina's five-on-three advantage.
However, behind Niittymaki, Philadelphia killed off the chance.
Carolina finally beat Niittymaki though with 2:25 remaining in the second frame after Whitney converted a pass from the slot past the netminder for his 12th goal of the season.
Gagne netted his first shootout goal in five chances this season, while Forsberg is now 3-for-6. Whitney improved to 4-for-5 while extending his points streak to seven games...Carolina fell to 6-2 in shootouts and Philadelphia improved to 4-5...Rathje's assist was his 16th of the season while Meyer's goal was his sixth...Brind'Amour recorded his 30th assist.
03/08 22:02:17 ET