NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Philadelphia
(Tuesday, January 17th)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Philadelphia 3 (SO)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Rod Brind'Amour scored the game-winning tally in the shootout and Martin Gerber stoned Jeff Carter at the other end to preserve the Carolina Hurricanes' 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center.
Matt Cullen, Erik Cole and Oleg Tverdovsky each scored a goal and Gerber made 23 saves for the Hurricanes, who won their eighth straight game. Carolina has not lost since being defeated in overtime against the Flyers on December 29.
Kim Johnsson, Frederick Meyer and Carter tallied Philadelphia's goals and Antero Niittymaki stopped 19-of-22 shots faced for the Flyers, who have dropped three straight and four of their last five contests.
Philadelphia forward Peter Forsberg left the game with a mild left groin strain and did not return.
After a scoreless overtime session, Ray Whitney and Cullen both converted on their shootout attempts for the 'Canes, while Mike Richards and Michal Handzus beat Gerber for Philadelphia.
Niittymaki then made a blocker save on Eric Staal to set up a possible game- winning tally by Simon Gagne, but Gagne backhanded the puck wide, giving Carolina new life.
Brind'Amour followed by beating Niittymaki high to his glove side and Gerber stoned Carter after he attempted to go through the five-hole to seal the win for the Hurricanes.
The Flyers drew first blood with 7:23 left in the second period after Carter got behind the Carolina defense and beat Gerber over his right pad with a backhand shot.
Philadelphia upped its lead 3:19 into the third period after Johnsson beat Gerber with a wrist shot from below the right circle to give the Flyers a 2-0 advantage.
Just 21 seconds later, however, Carolina got on the scoreboard after Cullen beat Niittymaki high to his glove side with a wrister from the top of the left circle.
The Flyers regained their two-goal advantage with 13:45 left in the final frame when Meyer's shot from the right point sailed over the shoulder of a screened Gerber to push the lead to 3-1.
The Hurricanes cut their deficit back to one with 11:59 remaining in regulation after Tverdovsky beat Niittymaki.
Carolina then netted the equalizer with 3:58 left in the third period after Cole went in on a breakaway and beat Niittymaki high to the glove side with a backhand shot.
Carolina won its first game in Philadelphia since October 7, 1999...Whitney had his point streak halted at five games...The Hurricanes went 0-for-4 on the power play, snapping a string of 14 consecutive games where they scored at least one extra-man goal...Carolina had just two shots on goal in the first period, tying a season low...Philadelphia was 0-for-3 on the man advantage.
01/17 22:15:54 ET