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Saturday, February 9th
(All times Eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (5-4-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (4-6-1), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers began their four-game homestand
with a win over the Carolina Hurricanes. They hope to cap the stay with a
victory over those same 'Canes on Saturday afternoon when the two clubs get
together for the second time in a week.
The Flyers got goals from five different skaters in a 5-3 win over the
Hurricanes last Saturday. Danny Briere, Claude Giroux and Mike Knuble were
among the goal-scorers, while Ilya Bryzgalov made 39 saves.
It was Philadelphia's 13th victory in its past 15 versus Carolina and the club
has won nine of the last 12 encounters at home.
Joni Pitkanen, Eric Staal and Patrick Dwyer all tallied for the Hurricanes,
but Dan Ellis yielded four goals on 12 shots in just under 21 minutes of play
before getting pulled. Cam Ward made 11 saves in relief.
The Flyers followed up that victory with a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay for just
their second two-game winning streak of the season, but failed to make it
three in a row for the first time due to a 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida
Philadelphia got goals from Matt Read and Jakub Voracek in regulation, but
Read and Giroux were both turned aside in the shootout, the Flyers' first of
the season. Bryzgalov, meanwhile, was beaten by both Panther skaters he faced
after making 22 saves through overtime.
"Yeah, it's frustrating. Most of the game we played well," said Giroux. "There
were a couple minutes there in the first where we were a little sloppy
everywhere, but all around we played a pretty good game and a pretty solid
team game. But in the end, we need those points. We needed that shootout win
and we couldn't get it done."
The Flyers fell to 3-1-1 at home and open up a six-game road trip with
Monday's game in Toronto.
The Hurricanes are in the midst of their own six-game swing, losing the opener
in Philly before responding with wins in Toronto and Ottawa. They needed
overtime to knock off the Senators on Thursday, but did so 3-2 on Jay
Harrison's tally 2:19 into the extra frame.
Ward stopped a season-high 45 shots, while Chad LaRose and Alexander Semin
"We hung in there and found a way to get it done," said Hurricanes head coach
Kirk Muller. "We just regrouped after the second. Had some adjustments to
make, and thanks to the goaltending of Cam, it made a big difference."
Staal had an assist in the game, giving him 11 points over his last seven
02/09 10:48:29 ET