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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 ET / News
By Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 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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