NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Carolina
(Wednesday, November 28th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Carolina 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Veteran blueliner Derian Hatcher scored his first goal of the season as the Philadelphia Flyers posted a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.
Hatcher appeared in nine games for Philadelphia prior to suffering a knee injury on October 27. He underwent surgery to remove cartilage five days later and was expected to miss approximately four weeks, returning right on schedule.
Mike Knuble had a goal and two assists and Kimmo Timonen also scored for the Flyers, who have won two of their last three games. They also beat Carolina for the second time in a week -- having posted a 6-3 victory last Wednesday -- and for the third time in as many meetings this season.
"We've been up and down a little bit lately," said Flyers head coach John Stevens. "Currently, Carolina has done the same thing recently. They come out hard and they hit. We were skating and putting a lot of pucks at the net early on but I thought we did a good job of holding the storm and creating some chances on our own and progressively got better in the second period."
Martin Biron made 40 saves in the victory. It was his second 40-save effort against Carolina this season, with the first coming on October 20 when he stopped 42 shots in a 3-2 final.
Cory Stillman had the lone goal and Cam Ward stopped 31-of-34 shots for the Hurricanes, who have dropped five of their last seven games overall.
The teams skated to a scoreless tie in the opening 20 minutes, with Biron turning aside 17 shots to Ward's 10.
The Flyers then opened the scoring, as Hatcher found a loose puck in the slot, banged at it once, and on his second attempt knocked it under the glove of Ward 5:49 into the second period. It was Hatcher's first goal since March 28, coincidentally a 5-1 Flyers' victory over Carolina.
Timonen doubled the margin with 4:44 remaining in the stanza. The tally came at the end of an odd-man rush, as Knuble ripped a slapshot from the top of the right circle that deflected off Ward's glove and fell to the ice. Timonen, skating in alone, put the brakes on at the top of the crease and slapped the puck past the netminder.
Knuble's power-play goal, a wrist shot through the five-hole of Ward just 33 seconds into the third, gave the Flyers a 3-0 cushion.
Carolina cut it to 3-1 with 10:30 remaining in the game, as Stillman planted himself in the crease and backhanded a rebound over the left shoulder of Biron.
Biron stonewalled Rod Brind'Amour with 1:44 left in the contest, however, then stymied the 'Canes after they pulled Ward in favor of the extra attacker with 1:21 to play.
"It wasn't easy out there," said Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette. "Philadelphia played a tight-checking game. There wasn't a lot of free wheeling and free space out there. I think the players had to fight for it. I thought at times Philadelphia held the edge and at times we competed better. Through the second period, I thought at times we just lulled a little bit."
The Flyers signed defenseman Braydon Coburn to a multi-year contract extension on Wednesday...Philadelphia played without left wing Scott Hartnell, who was serving the first of a two-game suspension for checking Boston's Andrew Alberts in the head on Monday night...Right wing Scott Walker returned for Carolina after missing 17 games with a torso injury...Brind'Amour, who notched an assist on Stillman's goal, was playing his 500th game as a member of the Hurricanes...The Flyers are 10-1-1 this season when scoring first...The Hurricanes had no penalties in the first period. They hadn't played a scoreless and penalty-free period since January 21, 2004 against the New Jersey Devils.
11/29 01:56:07 ET