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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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Hurricanes 3, Flyers 2

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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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