The Carolina Hurricanes were determined to help Cam Ward win on this night as they held the Philadelphia Flyers to just 24 shots on goal while they defeated the Broad Street Bullies, 4-1 at the PNC Arena on Tuesday night.
Ward was playing in his 500th career NHL game and the home team tried extra hard to make sure it ended on a positive note.
Justin Faulk continued his team leading scoring with a powerplay tally in the first period, a wicked, rising one-timer which Flyers goalie Rob Zepp lost track of. Faulk now has a total of 38 points (11G 27A) and has nine points in his last eight games.
The Flyers would score later in the period to tie up the contest, but the Canes were the only ones to light the lamp the rest of the way.
In the second period, Jeff Skinner continued his hot streak with a nice goal off of a beauty of a pass by Alexander Semin. That makes five goals in the last seven games for Skinner.
Jordan Staal would make it 3-1 with another powerplay goal later in the period off of another play by Semin, who was named the game's third star.
Jay McClement closed out the scoring in the third.
The Hurricanes were given a couple of days off the ice after the loss in New Jersey and looked like the fresher team on this night. Next up will be the Washington Capitals on Friday night at the PNC.
- Faulk was named the game's first star by the NBC national television crew. He finished with two points, 22:32 of TOI, three shots on goal, two hits, and one blocked shot. Ward got the fireman's helmet and was the team's MVP.
- Semin may have played his best game of the season. He had a team high seven shots on goal and his two assists gave him 100 career points with Carolina. His play was noticeable at both ends of the ice.
- The Canes outshot the Flyers 35-24 and kept Zepp busy most of the night. Ward on the other hand was less busy, with 23 saves on just 24 shots in the game. The team had 15 blocked shots, led by Jiri Tlusty with three.
- Carolina's special teams were superb much of the night. They went 2-4 with the man advantage and a perfect 2-2, not allowing anything while on the kill.
- Post game audio and stats: Canes PR