The Carolina Hurricanes started out with a better effort this afternoon in Philadelphia, but for the ninth game in a row fell behind 1-0. Regardless, to the team's credit they kept plugging away until they finally eked out a 3-2 victory with about a minute left in overtime.
Sergei Samsonov shot in the game-winner as he collected a pass from Matt Cullen, cut across the center of the ice, and beat Martin Biron with a slick move.
The last time the Canes played the Flyers on Wednesday at the RBC, they opened the game without much emotion and finished the first period with only one shot on goal. Today, they out-shot the Flyers 10-5 in the first. The hometeam took the lead anyway as they took advantage of a powerplay at the four minute mark. Joffrey Lupol was credited with tally.
The Canes took the lead in the second period on just five shots of their own. Pat Dwyer was credited with his first career NHL goal as a shot by Joni Pitkanen grazed his skate and made it past Biron. Tuomo Ruutu continued his torrid scoring pace, (in Carolina terms), and rifled in a wrister of his own.
With less than a minute in the period, the Flyers tied the score with yet another powerplay tally, this one by Jeff Carter. The hometeam was taking full advantage of their powerplay chances, but the Canes went 0-4 with the man advantage as their struggles on the powerplay continued.
The third period was scoreless as both teams battled, but could not grace the scoresheet. The Canes had 11 shots on goal to the Flyers 6.
Cam Ward deserves a lot of credit for making brilliant stops on breakaway attempts by Jeff Carter and Scottie Upshall and for being solid throughout.
Kudos to Joni Pitkanen, who led the team with almost 30 minutes of playing time. The blueliner got an assist on Dwyer's goal and was a "plus 3" for the game. Of course the Flyers faithful booed their previous number one draft pick every time he touched the puck, which was often.
Patrick Eaves and Frank Kaberle both returned from injuries and played well.
The Hurricanes are hoping that this game will help to get them on a roll and that they can put some wins together. Fans will be hoping for similar effort during the next home game on Sunday.