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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 Tuesday.

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.

Game Notes

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


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