Hurricanes survive Flyers in shootout, 3-2

RALEIGH, N.C. — Nathan Gerbe and Chris Terry had shootout goals as the Carolina Hurricanes topped the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 Saturday at PNC Arena.

Canes goalie Cam Ward stopped Jakub Voracek and later Claude Giroux in the shootout to end it. Ward finished with 21 saves as the Canes ended a two-game slide.


Jordan Staal had a goal and assist for the Hurricanes, who were looking to bounce back from a 6-1 loss Thursday to the Florida Panthers. Elias Lindholm, playing with Jordan Staal and Eric Staal, also scored as the Canes' top line was productive.

Sean Couturier finished with a goal and assist for the Flyers, and his goal with 1:50 left in regulation tied the score 2-2. Michael Raffl had a power-play score for the Flyers in the second period.


The Canes took a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the first period as Lindholm picked up his 17th goal of the season.

A quick pass from Eric Staal in the neutral zone freed up Jordan Staal for a shot off the left wing. Flyers goalie Ray Emery made the stop but Lindholm and Eric Staal were driving the net and Lindholm ripped in the rebound.

The Canes came up empty on two first-period power plays but pushed the lead to 2-0 early in the second. Jordan Staal knocked the puck away from defenseman Nicklas Grossman along the boards in the neutral zone, carried the puck in and beat Emery with a heavy shortside shot.

The Flyers, who had just four first-period shots, got a boost from Raffl's second-period power-play score.


Canes forward Alexander Semin was called for hooking and the Canes 10 seconds away from killing off the penalty when Raffl got a piece of a Couturier shot. Canes defenseman Ron Hainsey had a chance to clear the puck, but Michael Del Zotto was able to keep it in the zone at the blue line and made a cross-ice pass to Couturier.

The Canes had good chances later in the second and early in the third to add to the lead. Emery stopped a tip by Lindholm in the second, then denied Jeff Skinner four minutes into the third.

The Canes killed off an Andrej Nestrasil penalty midway through the third to maintain the 2-1 lead but the Flyers kept pushing.

The Canes play the next three games on the road - at Buffalo, Philadelphia and Detroit - before finishing up the season Saturday against the Red Wings at PNC Arena.

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