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Friday, October 28th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (5-2-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (6-2-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes seek their fourth consecutive victory tonight when they welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to the RBC Center.

Carolina has defeated Washington, Ottawa and Boston during its spurt, including Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win against the Bruins. The victory allowed the Canes to remain unbeaten in their own building, moving to 4-0-0.

In Wednesday's tilt, Matt Cullen scored two goals, including the game-winner at 3:24 of overtime, to lead the winning effort. Frantisek Kaberle posted a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who recorded a point for the sixth straight game (5-0-1).

Erik Cole also scored for the Hurricanes, while Aaron Ward and Eric Staal added two assists apiece. Martin Gerber stopped 24-of-27 shots in goal.

Staal's nine assists tie him for eighth place in the NHL rankings. Overall, he is tied for second in the league with 15 points, two behind the Rangers' Jaromir Jagr.

Carolina will visit Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The Flyers, meanwhile, got back in the win column on Thursday, managing a 5-4 overtime victory over visiting Florida. Peter Forsberg scored with 50 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime and Joni Pitkanen ended the contest at 1:13 of the extra session.

Forsberg's goal was his first as a Flyer and he also added a pair of assists in the victory. Simon Gagne posted two goals and an assist to help the Flyers win for the fourth time in five games (4-0-1).

Pitkanen ended with a goal and an assist, while Keith Primeau and Eric Desjardins posted two assists apiece. Robert Esche stopped 30-of-34 shots for Philadelphia.

Forsberg leads the league with 14 assists, and Gagne is second in the NHL with nine goals -- one behind Jagr.

Philadelphia, which is 1-1-1 on the road, will visit Ottawa on Sunday.

The Flyers went 2-0-2 against Carolina in 2003-04. Five of the last eight meetings between these teams have gone into overtime.

10/28 10:27:07 ET


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