The road trip for the Carolina Hurricanes continued in Philadelphia Saturday afternoon, as the Flyers hosted the Canes for the second time in a week. As most afternoon games are, this was a game filled with sloppy play, turnovers that lead to goals, and lots of lucky bounces for both teams. With the score knotted at 3 at the end of regulation, Flyers forward Danny Briere streaked down the left side, cut to the middle of the ice, and banked a shot off the post, off of Cam Ward, and into the net to secure the extra point. The Hurricanes left Philly with another come-from-behind point on the board, but the second point was up for grabs. In a shortened season, every point matters.
Canes forward Jiri Tlusty started the scoring just 17 seconds in on a juicy rebound given up by Flyers goaltender Illya Bryzgalov. Eric Staal got the secondary assist on opening goal, which extended his point streak to 8 games. Brayden Schenn answered the bell for the Flyers and the first period ended in a 1-1 tie.
Matt Read scored his 5th of the season just a minute and a half into the 2nd to give the Flyers a 2-1 advantage. Jeff Skinner continued his torrid start by sniping a shot home halfway through the 2nd, but Jakub Voracek answered just 15 seconds later for the Flyers. The period finished in a 3-2 lead for Philadelphia.
Playing in his first game since being a healthy scratch for 3 straight, defenseman Joe Corvo scored on a wrister through traffic to tie the game with just over half the period to play. Goaltender Cam Ward made some great saves to keep the game tied for the Hurricanes, which earned a point for the third straight game on the road.
”We talk about playing 60 minutes, and then some of the first starts are not right, not where we want them to be and we’ve got to mentally push 60 minutes. By the third, you’re really starting to skate better and with spirit,” Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said. ”We were skating better and moving the puck better and playing at a higher tempo.”
The Hurricanes take to Long Island Monday night and Newark Tuesday night for the last two games of the road trip, before returning home to take on Toronto Thursday night. The Hurricanes currently sit 1 point out of first place in the Southeast Division, and need to continue to put up strong road performances to keep the pace.