NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Philadelphia|
(Sunday, April 13th)
Final Score: Carolina 6, Philadelphia 5 (SO)
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Staal scored twice in regulation
and contributed the lone goal in the shootout, as Carolina claimed a 6-5
victory over Philadelphia in a spirited season finale for both clubs.
"Disappointing, is the bottom line. It's always more fun to win. But, it
doesn't change the fact that we're not going to be going to the playoffs
again," Staal admitted. You wish things could've been different, but they're
not. You try and learn from it the best you can. Be better when you wake up
tomorrow, and look forward to the days ahead."
Jeff Skinner also lit the lamp twice, Manny Malhotra added a score, with Mike
Komisarek, Jiri Tlusty and Justin Faulk contributing two assists each for the
Hurricanes (36-35-11), who ended their season with two wins after dropping
three in a row.
Anton Khudobin stopped 39 shots for the win, his 19th of the season.
Wayne Simmonds picked up a pair of goals for the Flyers (42-30-10), who
rallied from a 4-1 deficit but slide into the postseason having dropped six of
their last nine. Sean Couturier, Matt Read and Kimmo Timonen added a goal
apiece in the loss.
Cal Heeter endured a rough first NHL start, allowing five goals on 38 shots
plus Staal's snapshot which ended the first round of the tiebreaker.
"Well in my dreams I'd say I didn't give up six goals, but it's a fabulous
experience," said Heeter despite the loss. "I've been working my whole life to
get to here and to finally get the opportunity to play a game and to have the
support of the management, coaches, players, the fans, and everybody here to
get out there and get a chance to perform to my highest level. It's a dream
Skinner scored on Carolina's first shot of the game, just 2:07 in, a rising
wrister from the right circle. Staal doubled the Hurricanes' edge at 8:31 with
a shot that trickled through Heeter's pads.
Read's one-timer from between the circles off a Jason Akeson dish halved the
hosts deficit just before the midway point of the first, but Malhotra scored
on the short side from the left wing to cap a 2-on-1 break and the 'Canes were
up 3-1 at 12:32.
Staal provided a 4-1 cushion for the visitors on another shot through Heeter's
five hole only 17 seconds into the second.
Carolina defenseman Ron Hainsey was sent off for tripping Scott Hartnell into
Khudobin, thereby negating a possible goal just after the 11-minute mark and
Timonen's rip from the point on a power play brought the Flyers within 4-2 at
12 minutes even.
Only 10 seconds later, Simmonds converted a Tye McGinn pass for a one-goal
Couturier then knotted the score with 4:28 left before intermission, a clean
breakaway which saw him beat Khudobin inside the left post after several
During a power play created when Hartnell was given a major for spearing
and a game misconduct, the Hurricanes took a 5-4 lead with 4:21 left in
regulation, as Skinner followed the puck after Heeter made a sliding stop on
Andrei Loktionov, and flipped it into the open net.
Heeter was on the bench for an extra attacker when Simmonds had position on
the doorstep to convert a Mark Streit rebound with 9.5 seconds showing.
Carolina finished 4-0-0 against Philadelphia this year, the first time the
franchise held the Flyers winless in a season series since the Hartford
Whalers swept a three-game set in 1991-92 ... Staal recorded his first multi-
goal game since Jan. 27 against Columbus ... Prior to the game, the Flyers
listed goaltender Steve Mason as day-to-day with an upper-body injury but
pronounced him ready to begin the playoffs ... The club recalled Heeter and
Akeson from Adirondack of the AHL last night and rested backup Ray Emery ...
Philadelphia will take on the New York Rangers for the 11th time in the
postseason, but will not have home-ice advantage for the first time since 1982
... Seven Flyers participated in all 82 games: Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek,
Simmonds, Streit, Brayden Schenn, Couturier, and Braydon Coburn.
04/13 19:55:48 ET