NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Carolina
(Thursday, December 29th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Carolina 3 (OT)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Sami Kapanen scored his second overtime goal in as many nights to lift the Philadelphia Flyers over the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, at the RBC Center.
Kapanen also lit the lamp in the extra session to defeat Atlanta on Wednesday, and now has 33 game-winners in his career.
Simon Gagne added a goal and an assist and Frederick Meyer scored his first NHL goal for the Flyers, who have won five straight. Antero Niittymaki made 25 saves in the win.
Matt Cullen netted a pair of goals for Carolina, which has dropped three in a row. Cory Stillman also scored, while netminder Cam Ward turned away 36 shots.
Cullen and Gagne each had third-period tallies for their respective teams to send the game into overtime knotted at 3-3.
The Flyers played the role of aggressor from the onset of the extra frame, and nearly put Carolina away just seconds in on a breakaway opportunity by Gagne.
Ward turned that chance away, but was beaten moments later by Kapanen. The right winger received a drop pass from Michal Handzus and fired a shot from between the circles that was blocked. Kapanen fought through his defender, however, got the puck back and beat Ward low and right to end the game.
"They've got a really good team. They're relentless in their attack," said Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette.
Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead at the 5:44 mark of the second period on a nice individual effort by Brian Savage, who raced into the zone along the right boards, cut across the crease and then stuffed the puck into the left side of the net.
The Hurricanes were awarded a four-minute power play moments later after a Chris Therien high-sticking infraction, though, and capitalized with a pair of goals.
Stillman evened the game with 9:11 remaining in the second. His initial shot from the right circle was blocked, but the disc kicked right back to him and the left winger wristed it home.
Less than a minute later, Cullen finished off a give-and-go with Ray Whitney on a quick shot from between the circles that flew just past Niittymaki's glove.
The Flyers promptly gained a two-man advantage but were denied by Ward, who snared Peter Forsberg's shot into a seemingly open net during the power play for the save of the night.
Meyer, however, would beat Ward with a slapshot from the point at the 18:50 mark to send the game into the third period tied at 2-2.
"The third period was tremendous," said Flyers head coach Ken Hitchcock. "A lot of people played very, very well today."
The Flyers are 5-3 in overtime this season. Carolina is 4-4 in the extra session...Gagne and Carolina's Eric Staal entered the game tied for most goals in the league with 26 apiece. Staal was held without a point...Philadelphia, which is 11-3-2 on the road, will visit Washington on Saturday.
12/30 01:20:05 ET