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Friday, 10.28.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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The Carolina Hurricanes look to remain perfect on home ice when they host the Philadelphia Flyers at RBC Center.

Carolina improved to 4-0-0 at home this season with a 4-3 overtime win over Boston on Wednesday night, as Matt Cullen scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime.

Coming from behind is not uncommon for the Hurricanes, who rallied to win after trailing by two goals for the second straight game.

"It's definitely not the scenario we want every night," said center Eric Staal, who finished with two assists. "But we're going to take the wins as they come."

Staal, the second overall pick in the 2003 draft, has been one of the NHL's most improved players this season. He is among the league leaders with 15 points after he had 31 points in 81 games as a rookie in 2003-04.

Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette says his team cannot allow teams to outplay them in the first two periods of games.

"We were not at our best in the first 40 minutes (in the last two games)," he said. "We weren't horrible, we were just playing the (other team's) game."

The Hurricanes are quick to credit rowdy home crowds for inspiring them to snap out of their early doldrums.

"We have some great fans," Cullen added. "I can't believe how loud it is in here."

The Flyers are also coming off an overtime win as they rallied for a 5-4 victory over visiting Florida on Thursday.

Peter Forsberg, who earlier missed a penalty shot, scored his first goal of the season with 49 seconds left in regulation, and Joni Pitkanen scored early in overtime to lift Philadelphia.

"I'm happy with the goal and I finally got it out of the way," Forsberg said. "It got kind of annoying to not score for a long time."

The Flyers continue to struggle on the penalty kill despite winning four of their last five games. They allowed three power-play goals on Thursday and rank 23rd in the NHL on the penalty kill.

STANDINGS: Flyers - 11 points, 2nd place, 2 PB, Atlantic Division. Hurricanes - 13 points, 1st place (tied), Southeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flyers - Simon Gagne, 9 goals; Forsberg, 14 assists and 15 points; Donald Brashear, 20 PIM. Hurricanes - Staal and Cullen, 6 goals; Staal, 9 assists and 15 points; Mike Commodore, 15 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Flyers - Power play: 14.5 percent (8 for 55), 22nd in NHL. Penalty killing: 76.7 percent (56 for 69), 24th. Hurricanes - Power play: 17.2 percent (10 for 58), 15th. Penalty killing: 84 percent (42 for 50), 11th.

GOALTENDERS: Flyers - Robert Esche (3-2-1, 0 SO, 3.00 GAA); Antero Niittymaki (2-0-0, 3.41). Hurricanes - Cam Ward (3-1-1, 2.53); Martin Gerber (3-1-0, 2.47).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Flyers, 2-1-1.

LAST MEETING: March 23, 2004; Flyers, 4-2. At Raleigh, N.C, Sean Burke, now with Tampa Bay, made 26 saves as Philadelphia eliminated the Hurricanes from playoff contention.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flyers - 1-1-1 on the road; Hurricanes - 4-0-0 at home.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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