It was another tale of "two games in one" for the Carolina Hurricanes as they fell behind 2-0, made a furious rally to tie the score, then fell in overtime as they lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2 on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
After a celebration for Rod Brind'Amour, who was inducted into the Flyers' Hall of Fame, the home team had all the jump and they put a lot of pressure on the Hurricanes early, but goalie Eddie Lack made several good stops to keep the Canes in the game.
As a matter of fact, it was most likely the best game of the season for Lack as he made 33 saves on 36 shots while eventually taking the loss in this contest.
The Canes ended up skating better as the period went on and the first period ended up scoreless, while the Flyers just had an 11-10, shots on goal advantage.
But the second period was controlled by the Flyers.
They took a 1-0 lead midway through the period on a perfect, tic-tac-toe passing play during a powerplay sequence between Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux, and Brayden Schenn.
The Canes would have done well to take notes during that powerplay because their powerplay was useless this night. They ended up going 0-5, while taking just three shots on goal and they allowed a shorthanded goal as well.
Giroux knocked in the shortie as he and Sean Couturier broke in on a 2-on-1 opportunity.
The Flyers took their 2-0 lead into the third period but the Hurricanes were not finished. They came out with guns a blazing as Victor Rask scored first and rookie defenseman, Brett Pesce scored the tying goal with just 3:45 left.
Pesce had just scored his first career goal on Sunday night against the Kings. The youngster got this one when he got down low and knocked in a rebound.
It seemed that the Canes were going to tie the score just a few minutes earlier when Ron Hainsey missed a wide open net off a beautiful no-look feed by Jay McClement, but that chance was not meant to be.
Just 11 seconds into the overtime period, Rask was called for holding the stick, a call the Hurricanes disagreed with, and the Flyers powerplay scored once again, this time as Shayne Gostisbehere roofed in the winner.
The Canes will next face the Oilers at home on Wednesday night.
- Brad Malone had another big hit and a big fight, the second in as many nights. This time he took on Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the first period. After taking a few shots early, he delivered some uppercuts which did some damage, but at the end both fighters fell to the ice together in exhaustion.
- For the first time in awhile the Canes were outshot, 36-33. Riley Nash had a team high six shots on goal.
- The team had 16 blocked shots, led by Pesce and Noah Hanifin with three each.