Philadelphia Flyers (9-4-3) at Carolina Hurricanes (6-8-3)
Monday, Nov 14, 2011, 7:00 PM EST | RBC Center | Raleigh, NC
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Tonight's Starting Goaltenders:
|Hurricanes - Cam Ward
|Flyers - Sergei Bobrovsky
1:19 1st: Flyers up 1-0 early; Giroux 10 (Jagr, Pronger) That didn't take long. An innocent-looking clearing attempt from Chris Pronger to Jaromir Jagr drew two Canes defensemen to Jagr along the near boards, and Giroux was able to split the seam and take a perfectly placed pass for a breakaway from the blue line in. Giroux, the Flyers' leading scorer by a mile, made no mistake with an upstairs wrister over Cam Ward's glove.
8:50 1st: Flyers lead 2-0; Talbot 6 (Read, Voracek) And just like that, the hole gets deeper. Jamie McBain bumbled the puck behind the net and Jakub Voracek was right on cue picking up the puck and feeding Max Talbot for a perfect one-timer from the middle of the slot. Ward could do nothing about it, and that's twice tonight his defense has hung him out to dry. Unfortunately, that's the story of his life so far this year.
10:45 1st: Cam Ward just flat-out robbed Sean Couturier on a shot that by all accounts should have made it 3-0. Larceny with the glove, and it should make every highlight reel tonight.
19:59 1st: Canes pull to within one at the horn; Dwyer 1 (Staal) (sh) Despite doing next to nothing for long stretches of the period, the Canes will head to the locker room only down one thanks to some late-period heroics by Patrick Dwyer. Dwyer kicked the puck away from James van Riemsdyk at the blue line during a Flyers power play, then played a perfect give-and-go with Eric Staal that managed to avoid Chris Pronger and set Dwyer up with a five-hole wrister that beat Bobrovsky with :00.9 remaining in the period.
End 1st: Despite playing almost the entire first period in the Carolina zone, shots could have been way worse: they ended 12-7 in favor of Philadelphia.
2:45 2nd: Flyers make it 3-1; Giroux 11 (Jagr) Understatement of the day: it hasn't been a very good game for Tim Gleason. His fumble of the puck at the blue line created a turnover, which Jagr collected and went off to the races with Giroux. Gleason then made a half-hearted attempt to swipe the puck away from Giroux at the top of the near circle in the Carolina zone, which only screened Cam Ward more and let Giroux place another perfect top-shelf wrister over Ward's glove.
6:58 2nd: Flyers make it 4-1; Simmonds 4 (Giroux, Pronger) (pp) A questionable too-many-men call on the Canes costs them a another goal, this time chasing Cam Ward after giving up 4 goals on 17 shots. Wayne Simmonds set a perfect screen in front of Ward and tipped Giroux's shot home as the Canes largely stood still and watched him do it.
12:01 2nd: Canes pull back to 4-2; Ruutu 7 (Jokinen, Skinner) Maybe the goaltending change made a difference? Tuomo Ruutu banged home a one-timer on a 3-on-2 from the red line off a Jussi Jokinen feed. Bobrovsky thought he had the puck - and so did I, given the perspective from press row - but fortunately for the Canes, it snuck behind him.
18:28 2nd: Haven't been able to say this much tonight, but the Canes nearly took advantage of a horrendous Flyers defense breakdown. Eric Staal drew three (!) defenders to him and left Jay Harrison wide open for a 40-foot slapper that Bobrovsky had trouble handling with Brandon Sutter parked right in front.
End 2nd: Bobrovsky was kneed in the head late in the period by his own man, but stayed in the game and will start the 3rd period for the Flyers. Shots in the second were tied at 9 apiece, and the Flyers hold a 21-15 lead overall.
2:55 3rd: Great encapsulation of tonight's game from our fearless leader, Mr. Wage: "We're looking to just get the puck out of our own end. They're looking to score on every play."
4:36 3rd: Canes pull to within 4-3; Dwyer 2 (sh) (ps) OK, hands up if you had Patrick Dwyer down for a two-goal night. (Thought so.) Dwyer was hauled down on a clean break from the blue line in by Kimmo Timonen, an easy penalty shot call for referee Mike Leggo who wasted no time thinking about it. Dwyer made the Flyers pay with a wicked top-shelf wrister over Bobrovsky's glove. There might only be 15,000 in the building, but it sounded like about 25,000 as the building exploded on Dwyer's goal.
11:50 3rd: A series of penalties has given the Canes' penalty kill plenty of work, but as they've gained confidence down a man (thanks in no small part to Dwyer's shorthanded heroics) they've become much more aggressive challenging the point men on the Flyers' kill. It seems to have worked; the Canes haven't allowed a PPG since the one that chased Ward seven minutes into the second.
16:09 3rd: Back up to a two-goal lead, Flyers up 5-3; Read 5 (Voracek, Pronger) The Flyers' 3rd line keeps killing the Canes tonight with their second goal of the night. Matt Read and Tim Gleason both went tumbling into the end boards after Read tipped home Voracek's centering pass to put the Canes back down two. Both players were slow to get up, but the goal counted and neither player went to the dressing room.