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Hurricanes 3, Flyers 2

The Carolina Hurricanes come away with the 3-2 victory.

Wednesday, 01.22.2014 / 8:43 PM / News
By Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
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Hurricanes 3, Flyers 2
The Carolina Hurricanes come away with the 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers after weather delays.

PHILADELPHIA – One would think that with an extra day off thanks to the snowstorm that crippled the area, the Flyers would have had a bit more jump in their skates playing Wednesday instead.

Yet, despite a goal and an assists from Claude Giroux, a power play marker from Scott Hartnell and some decent goaltending from Steve Mason, the Flyers seemed to be playing in slow motion and dropped a 3-2 game to the Carolina Hurricanes, their third loss of the season against the Canes in as many games.

The Flyers start was lackluster. They had just nine shots on goal at the halfway point of the game. Meanwhile, Carolina played a smothering brand of hockey that frustrated the Flyers.

"We were just playing flat,” said Giroux who tried to get the Flyers back in the game by scoring on a tough angle-backhander and assisting on the tying goal by Hartnell. “ We weren't playing the way we should have been playing.  It's kind of embarrassing to be playing like this at home…

“Anytime you play a team in your division you want to make sure you play your best hockey and that didn’t happen.  They outplayed us.  [Mason] had to make some tough saves for us."

The loss was their third in the last four at home – and was another game where they trailed heading into the third period, something that has been chronic for the team but has been muted by nine come-from-behind wins. However, the Flyers can’t rely on the ability to do that this often.

The good news for the Flyers is they don’t have much time to sit around and dwell on it, as they are headed to Carolina for a matchup with the red hot Columbus Blue Jackets, who have won seven straight and are now just two points behind the Flyers for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

There is much more on this game to come following post game locker room interviews.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 21 15 5 1 59 52 31
2 TBL 21 13 6 2 75 59 28
3 PIT 17 13 3 1 64 35 27
4 DET 19 10 4 5 54 45 25
5 NYI 18 12 6 0 59 52 24
6 BOS 20 12 8 0 53 49 24
7 OTT 18 9 5 4 50 47 22
8 TOR 20 10 8 2 63 62 22
9 WSH 19 9 7 3 55 52 21
10 NYR 19 8 7 4 52 58 20
11 FLA 17 7 5 5 38 44 19
12 NJD 19 8 9 2 47 56 18
13 PHI 18 7 9 2 53 58 16
14 CAR 19 6 10 3 45 58 15
15 CBJ 18 6 11 1 44 64 13
16 BUF 20 5 13 2 34 69 12

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 18 7 20 5 27
C. Giroux 18 6 16 6 22
B. Schenn 18 6 8 5 14
W. Simmonds 18 7 6 4 13
M. Streit 18 3 9 4 12
S. Couturier 18 4 4 -3 8
M. Del Zotto 17 2 6 1 8
M. Raffl 12 6 1 2 7
M. Read 18 2 5 -3 7
V. Lecavalier 11 2 4 0 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 3 6 1 .914 2.94
R. Emery 4 3 1 .897 3.22
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