The Carolina Hurricanes mounted a heroic comeback in the second half of regulation on Sunday night, but they came up short in overtime as the Flyers escaped with two points in a 4-3 victory.
Carolina nearly escaped an incredibly sloppy first period unscathed, but with just under a minute to go, 2015 first round pick Ivan Provorov ripped one home from the left faceoff dot to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.
The Canes got outshot 15-4 in the opening 20 and the Flyers had a 23-10 edge in shot attempts. Not great, Bob.
Philadelphia did the thing again in the second period. Just over halfway through the middle frame, a defensive mess to end all defensive messes ensued in the Carolina end of the rink and Dale Weise slammed home a rebound in front to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead.
A minute and a half later, the Hurricanes finally put a dent in Steve Mason. Noah Hanifin’s point shot missed the net, but lively end boards deflected the puck right back in front to Jeff Skinner, who netted the opportunity and scored his third goal in two games.
With a minute left in the second period, Elias Lindholm did a nasty thing.
Phil Di Giuseppe found a lane to Lindholm at the top of the slot, and Lindholm sent an absolute laser off the crossbar and in to tie the game at two goals apiece entering the third period.
Just over halfway through period three, the Carolina Hurricanes were the ones who did the thing.
On a man advantage, Jordan Staal burried his 15th of the season, capping a comeback for the road team and giving them a 3-2 lead down the stretch in Philly.
Or so we thought.
With 43 seconds to go in regulation, the Flyers tied it. Travis Konecny threw the puck to the front of the net from underneath the goal line and it deflected off of Brett Pesce’s skate and into the net to force overtime.
It didn’t take long for Philly to effectively destroy everyone’s dreams and aspirations in life.
Brayden Schenn netted a rebound chance in front after a net-front drive by Sean Couturier, giving the home team a big two points.
Rank the Performances
Here’s your chance to weigh in on how you think the team performed tonight. Upvote the players you think played well and downvote the ones who didn’t.