Hurricanes 6, Flyers 5 - SO

The Hurricanes beat Flyers in a wild game at the Wells Fargo Center. - Elsa

Canes sweep Flyers for first time since 1991-92 season.

One day after breaking a 25 year drought in Detroit, the Carolina Hurricanes completed a season sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time since 1991-92, with a 6-5 shootout win at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday afternoon.

Eric Staal scored two goals, plus notched the game-winner in the shootout, and Jeff Skinner also scored twice to lead the Hurricanes.

The Canes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, taking advantage of rookie goaltender, Calvin Heeter, who was making his debut NHL start.  Skinner scored two minutes into the game and Staal scored his first just 8:31 into the game.

Then Matt Read got the home team on the board but Manny Malhotra made it, 3-1 before the end of the period.

Just 17 seconds into the second period, Staal scored his second goal of the game, making it 4-1 and the Canes seemed in control, but the Flyers had other plans.

By the end of the second period, the Flyers scored three straight goals to tie it, 4-4, two of the goals coming within 10 seconds of each other.

At 15:39 into the third period, Skinner broke the tie with his career best 33rd goal of the season, but Wayne Simmonds tied it again with just 10 seconds left in the game.

Neither team could score in the overtime period and Eric Staal was the only scorer in the shootout to give the Canes the win.

Anton Khudobin made 39 saves on 44 shots and did not allow a goal in the shootout.

The team will fly home and begin individual exit reviews tomorrow in Raleigh.

Game Notes:

  • The Canes were outshot 44-38.  The club was led by Skinner, Staal, and Justin Faulk with six shots each.
  • Faulk had a team high 24:28 of TOI with Ron Hainsey right behind with 24:15.
  • John-Michael Liles led the way with six blocked shots.
  • The team won 62% of their faceoffs with Malhotra at 80%.
  • Post game interviews at Canes
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