The Carolina Hurricanes had another slow start with only five shots on goal in the opening period but utilized timely scoring to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1 on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Recent call up Keegan Lowe was probably anticipating a quiet NHL debut with the Canes but got involved in two fights with Vincent Lecavalier and ended up being awarded the fireman's helmet for his trouble.
Brett Bellemore got the scoring started when Eric Staal found him breaking toward the net, 12:48 into the game. But the visitors had a quiet start other than that and were outshot, 9-5 for the period.
The Canes came on stronger in the second and outshot the home team, 13-5.
Cam Ward had a strong game and made the saves when needed. He finished with 27 saves on 28 shots but lost his shutout bid with just 3:41 left in the game, after Berube pulled Ray Emery for an extra attacker.
Early in the third period, Carolina took advantage of a four minute powerplay. Ryan Murphy one-timed a John-Michael Liles pass and lit the lamp with the pretty shot. The goal turned out to be the game-winner.
Jordan Staal scored into an empty net to put the game away with about 39 seconds left. It was his sixth goal of the season.
The Hurricanes, who are the least penalized team in the league, had three fights in this game. First Lowe and Lecavalier got tangled up in front of the Carolina net and both dropped their gloves and exchanged hay-makers.
It seemed like a typical skirmish but apparently Lecavalier thought more of it and jumped Lowe midway through the second period and started hitting him without warning. He was appropriately given an instigator penalty which also comes with a ten minute misconduct.
Just a couple minutes earlier, Brad Malone had dropped the gloves with Brandon Manning.
The Canes will close out their season against the Red Wings at home on Saturday night.
- The Canes had 27 shots and were led by Nathan Gerbe with four.
- While Carolina was outhit 35-21, they had over double the hits of their recent contests. Justin Faulk had a team high five.
- Faulk also led the way with 25:40 of ice time.