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Snowblind: Hurricanes 3, Flyers 2

Semin, Gerbe, and Tlusty score to lead Carolina to win in Philadelphia

Alex Semin scores in the first period in Philadelphia
Alex Semin scores in the first period in Philadelphia
Drew Hallowell

The Carolina Hurricanes wasted a day in Philadelphia while waiting out a snowstorm but made it count as they beat the Flyers, 3-2 on the make up date of Tuesday night's postponed game, on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Hurricanes scored a goal in each period and Anton Khudobin stopped 22 of 24 shots in a solid effort for the win.

Alexander Semin kept his scoring streak alive as he lit the lamp about midway through the first period, to make the score 1-0.  Eric Staal found his linemate with the primary assist, but the Russian fired in a beautiful shot that froze goalie Steve Mason.

That was the 10th goal of the season for Semin, and his fourth in the last three games.

Then 13:38 into the second period, Nathan Gerbe put the Canes up 2-0 on about the prettiest goal you will see.  The puck bounced past the Philadelphia defenseman at the blueline and Gerbe showed off his speed and raced to it.

Gerbe then took the puck in alone and went between his legs before zipping the puck past Mason, who was fooled on the play.

You knew that the Flyers were not going away though and sure enough Claude Giroux made it 2-1 with less than 30 seconds left in the period as he backhanded a shot past Khudobin.

The home team would tie it up during a powerplay after Riley Nash was called for high-sticking.  Scott Hartnell knocked in a rebound and the score was 2-2, but the Canes had an answer.

With 6:10 left in the game, Jiri Tlusty flicked in the rebound of a Andrej Sekera shot for the game-winner.

The Canes will travel immediately after the contest to Buffalo for a game against the Sabres on Thursday night.

Game Notes:

  • Tuomo Ruutu had a better game this time around and was involved in a lot of action.  He ended up with a game high seven hits, along with four shots on goal in 11:12 of ice time.
  • The Canes outshot the Flyers 34-24 and were led by Ruutu and Gerbe with four shots each.
  • Gerbe's goal will be one that is watched over and over.  He said after the game that it was the first time he tried that in the NHL.  Watch it in the video below.
  • Manny Malhotra won 73% of his faceoffs, a game high.
  • Justin Faulk played a game high 25:10 and looked to be back to normal.  The defenseman had three shots on goal, hit the post once on another shot, had three hits, and finished with a +2.
  • Patrick Dwyer left the game early with an upper body concern.  There was no update after the game.
  • Listen to post game interviews here Canes