NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Carolina
(Wednesday, November 21st)
Final Score: Philadelphia 6, Carolina 3
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Daniel Briere registered a hat trick, his first with Philadelphia, to lead the Flyers to a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.
Briere also added an assist, and Mike Knuble had a goal and two assists, as Philadelphia broke a two-game losing streak. Kimmo Timonen chipped in a goal and an assist, and Martin Biron made 30 saves, as the Flyers moved to 2-0 against the Hurricanes this season.
Matt Cullen scored and provided two assists, and Eric Staal had a goal, but Carolina lost its third contest in four tries. Rod Brind'Amour also scored, Cam Ward stopped just 15 shots and the Hurricanes fell to 1-1 on a three-game homestand.
All of Briere's goals came in a wild third period, as he always kept the Flyers one step ahead of the Hurricanes, who registered 35 shots on goal and came into Wednesday's game as the highest-scoring team in the NHL.
Just 21 seconds into the final stanza, Briere scored his first on a nice set up by Knuble. As Ward cleared the puck from behind his own goal on the right side of the net, Knuble intercepted the pass and immediately sent a cross-ice pass to Briere by the edge of the left circle. Briere put it in for an easy goal and a 3-1 Flyers lead.
Carolina answered back with a power-play goal, 2:13 after Briere's score. Staal took a couple shots from the left circle, and his second one sneaked between Biron and the right post, with the help of a screen, to narrow the Hurricanes' deficit to one.
But just 30 seconds later, Briere added his second score when he pulled in a rebound about five feet from the Carolina net and fired a narrow-angle shot between Ward and the right pipe.
"We only gave up I think 20 or 21 shots. Probably in the mid-teens in scoring chances. Typically, that's a decent night," Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said. "The ones that we did give up were mistakes. We didn't do a very good job of protecting the puck at certain times when we needed to."
The 4-2 Flyers lead lasted several minutes, until the Hurricanes again went on the power play.
Philadelphia actually got the first earnest chance to score, when Mike Richards was awarded a penalty shot. His attempt was unsuccessful, as he waited too long to put a shot past a sprawled-out Ward.
The Hurricanes got the second chance, and didn't let it go for naught. Cory Stillman's shot from the high left circle had no chance to go in, but Cullen redirected it on net and past Biron, making it a 4-3 game with 14:04 left.
Briere once again came to the rescue for Philadelphia with a power play goal, to re-establish the two-goal game with 5:21 left in the game. He picked up the loose puck above the left circle, skated through traffic cross-ice and flipped it glove-side past Ward.
Scott Hartnell added the Flyers' last goal with 30.7 seconds left into an empty net.
"The puck came to (Briere) a couple times and in the end there he just seemed to have all kinds of jump in his legs, and he was quick in getting by people against a team that can really skate," Flyers head coach John Stevens said. "That, to me, is the best he's looked all year."
Carolina took the game's initial lead on a power play, for the only goal of the first period. Biron was whistled for roughing, after he punched a Hurricanes player in the crease. Thirty-seven seconds into the advantage, Brind'Amour scored on his own rebound, backhanding it past Biron with 5:55 left.
But Philadelphia answered with a pair of goals late in the second stanza. Randy Jones blasted a shot from the top left circle, and Ward deflected it at a 45-degree angle with his pads, out toward the right circle. Knuble was in perfect position and one-timed it into the net with 5:17 remaining.
Just 1:45 later, the Flyers converted on a power play, 18 seconds into the advantage. Timonen ripped a rising shot from the point and the puck went top shelf over Ward's right shoulder for a 2-1 Flyers lead.
Staal is one goal shy of 100 for his NHL/Hurricanes career...The teams will meet next on November 28 at the RBC Center...Briere's hat trick was the third of his career and the first Flyers hat trick in an opposing team's building since 2002...It was the first time Carolina lost this season when Brind'Amour notched a point...The Hurricanes were 3-for-8 on the power play...The Flyers converted 3-of-7 power-play chances.
11/22 00:12:19 ET