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Jeff Skinner gets second hat-trick in three games but Canes fall in overtime.

Jeff Skinner celebrates a goal in Philadelphia
Jeff Skinner celebrates a goal in Philadelphia
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Jeff Skinner scored his second hat-trick in the last three games but the Carolina Hurricanes fell to the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday night  at Wells Fargo Center.

Skinner scored a goal in each period, including a powerplay goal to keep Carolina in this game.  He now leads the team in that category with 14 goals scored this season.

The winger scored his first, just 1:56 into the game when he took a clever pass from Phil Di Giuseppe off the boards.

The 1-0 lead held up until 23 seconds into the second when Jakub Voracek scored to tie the game, just his second goal of the season.  The Canes were awarded a powerplay shortly afterward and Skinner lit the lamp again with the put back of a rebound.

The Flyers tied the game 58 seconds later then took a 3-2 lead later in the period when a Sean Couturier shot ended up in the net after an Eddie Lack rebound bounced off Jaccob Slavin's leg into the net.

Skinner tied the game in the third when he skated to the middle of the ice, dodging hits along the way, and zipped a shot past Michal Neuvirth.

The score stayed 3-3, even as the Flyers cranked up the pressure near the end of regulation.  In overtime, the home team was able to generate a 2-on-1 break and Shayne Gostisbehere took a perfect pass from Voracek then buried the open shot for the game-winner.

The Canes will next travel home and will battle the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

Game Notes:

  • Lack had a bit of tough luck in this one as the first goal that got by him was deflected and the third bounced in off his defenseman.  Though his rebound control could have been better, he did make some good saves down the stretch when the Flyers created more chances.    He stopped 27 of 31 shots for the game.
  • Skinner led the team with 6 shots on goal and two of his goals were incredible.  The kid is on fire right now.
  • The team went 1-4 on the powerplay and now has powerplay goals in six straight games.
  • Di Giuseppe had two assists and seems to have chemistry playing with Skinner.  He also led the team with five hits and chipped in with two blocked shots.
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