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Singin' The Third Period Blues: Flyers 5, Hurricanes 1

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The Carolina Hurricanes battled the home team evenly for two periods, but fell apart in the third as they lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-1 Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. 

The Canes fell behind in the first when Tim Gleason had a pass picked off right in front of the Carolina goal.  Brian Boucher stopped Claude Giroux, who made the interception, but was unable to stop Scott Hartnell, who had the followup.

Jussi Jokinen tied the game just 3:11 into the second off of a beautiful Jiri Tlusty cross ice pass. 

Both teams battled evenly until the third when the Flyers exploded for four goals to bury the tired visitors, who were playing game two of a back-to-back.

Game Notes:

  • The Canes were outshot 34-25, again with most of the difference coming in the third period. 
  • The team won 63% of their faceoffs.  (Staal 75%, Sutter 50%, Jokinen 78%, Brent 45%)
  • Eric Staal's plus/minus took another hit with a team worst -4.  He did lead the team, (along with Tlusty) with four shots on goal.
  • Patrick Dwyer was credited with a game high eight hits.  

Post game interviews follow:

 

Paul Maurice 10 29 11

Brian Boucher 10 29 11

Brandon Sutter 10 29 11