FINAL SO
FLA
4
CHI
3
FINAL
STL
4
DET
3
FINAL
PHI
2
CAR
0
FINAL
NYR
2
PIT
3
PHI
41-35-6
CAR
35-37-10

27 SOG
28 SOG

Flyers open season with 2-0 victory over Hurricanes

NHL.com | Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:17 AM


Ray Emery's return to the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers was a resounding success.

Emery stopped 28 shots and the Flyers got power-play goals by Jeff Carter and Mike Richards 22 seconds apart early in the second period as Philadelphia opened its season with a 2-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

Emery played in Russia last season after Ottawa bought out his contract in the summer of 2008 -- 13 months after he'd led the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final. The Flyers signed him to a one-year deal and gave him the starting job on a team that has championship aspirations.

"He's looked more comfortable every day," Philadelphia coach John Stevens said. "He looks alert, he's finding pucks, he makes saves on effort and he was tremendous."

The 27-year-old looked sharp in his first game as a Flyer, making eight saves in each of the first two periods and 12 more in the third for his ninth NHL shutout. He got plenty of help from Philadelphia's penalty-killers, who killed all eight Carolina power plays.

"We got a lead, and we were able to keep it," Emery said after the Flyers beat the Hurricanes for the eighth time in their last 10 meetings. His last two complete games against Carolina have both been shutouts.

Emery preserved the shutout with 70 seconds left when he got in front of Tuomo Ruutu's deflection of a screened slapper from the right point after it pinballed off a couple of bodies, then beat Ruutu to the rebound and covered the puck.

It was the first time in franchise history that the Hurricanes have been shut out on opening night.

"We definitely had the opportunities, especially on the power play," center Eric Staal said. "I don't think we moved it around terribly bad. It just didn't fall for us. We had a lot of chances, (hit) a couple posts. ... We were hoping to get to the net and kind of get an ugly one."

The Hurricanes thought they had opened the scoring 12:27 into the game when Staal slammed a 10-footer from the right circle into the net off a scramble. But the goal was waved off by referee Frederick L'Ecuyer, who ruled that Andrew Alberts had hand-passed the puck to Ray Whitney before Whitney fed a wide-open Staal.

The Flyers got their second power play of the night when Whitney was called for hooking Richards at 15:05. Newcomer Chris Pronger had an excellent chance 50 seconds later when he teed up a 50-foot slapper through a screen, only to be denied by Ward -- who seconds later stopped rookie James van Riemsdyk from the doorstep.

Ward finished the period with 15 saves to eight for Emery.

However, Carolina's Sergei Samsonov took a double minor for high-sticking with 30 seconds left in the first period, and the Flyers needed just 47 seconds after the opening faceoff in the second to cash in both halves of the extended advantage.

Carter opened the scoring at 25 seconds when he nudged home a loose puck. Ward appeared to have it covered, but Carter slid the puck free and poked it in.

Just 22 seconds later, Richards tipped a wrister by Simon Gagne from the right circle past a screened Ward to double the lead. One of the assists went to van Riemsdyk, the first NHL point for the No. 2 pick in the 2007 Entry Draft.

"Special teams bailed us out tonight," Richards said. "Penalty-killing did a good job, we scored on a couple of power plays ... and that was the difference."

Staal nearly scored five minutes later when his power-play wrister from the right circle beat Emery but rang off the far post. That came during the first of three consecutive power plays for the 'Canes, but Carolina was unable to turn the advantages into goals. The Hurricanes outshot the Flyers 8-7 and carried the play but had nothing to show for it.

Carolina got its sixth power play 4:14 into the third period when Danny Syvret was called for slashing, but the 'Canes again couldn't capitalize. They had another near-miss with just under seven minutes left when Matt Cullen's sweeping wrister from the right circle hit Pronger's stick and clanked off the right post. Braydon Coburn's delay of game penalty with 5:56 left was an easy kill, and Pronger's last-minute slashing call did no damage.

"When you don't score on the power play, you're always feeling like that was the difference in the game for you," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "But in terms of some of the (other) shots we got in tight, we'd like to (have scored on) those."

Both teams hit the road for games as part of Face-Off Saturday. Carolina is at Boston and Philadelphia travels to New Jersey.

--John Kreiser, NHL.com

Material from wire services and team online media was used in this report
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PHI
CAR
Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
00:25PHI PPG - Jeff Carter (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (1), Scott Hartnell (1) 1 - 0 PHI
00:47PHI PPG - Mike Richards (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Simon Gagne (1), James van Riemsdyk (1) 2 - 0 PHI
3rd Period
NONE
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:52PHI Darroll Powe  Slashing against  Chad LaRose
08:58CAR Niclas Wallin  Roughing against  Daniel Carcillo
12:49CAR Tim Gleason  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Carcillo
12:49CAR Tim Gleason  Instigator against  Daniel Carcillo
12:49CAR Tim Gleason  Misconduct (10 min)
12:49PHI Daniel Carcillo  Boarding against  Ray Whitney
12:49PHI Daniel Carcillo  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Gleason
15:05CAR Ray Whitney  Hooking against  Mike Richards
17:56PHI Chris Pronger  Holding against  Matt Cullen
19:30CAR Sergei Samsonov  Hi stick - double minor against  Braydon Coburn
2nd Period
05:12PHI Scott Hartnell  Interference against  Tuomo Ruutu
08:05PHI Daniel Carcillo  Hi-sticking against  Niclas Wallin
10:57PHI Kimmo Timonen  Holding against  Erik Cole
17:48CAR Rod Brind'Amour  Tripping against  Daniel Carcillo
3rd Period
04:14PHI Danny Syvret  Slashing against  Jussi Jokinen
08:15PHI Braydon Coburn  Cross checking against  Jussi Jokinen
08:15CAR Jussi Jokinen  Slashing against  Braydon Coburn
14:04PHI Braydon Coburn  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
19:24PHI Chris Pronger  Interference against  Tuomo Ruutu
shots by period
PeriodPHICAR
1st158
2nd78
3rd512
Total2728
Team Stats
CategoryPHICAR
Power Plays2/50/8
Hits1724
Faceoff Wins2936
Giveaways15
Takeaways75
Blocked Shots178
Penalty Minutes2529
  • PHILADELPHIA
  • CAROLINA
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
5B. CoburnD0001424:53
11B. BettsC0000013:02
12S. GagneL0104018:21
13D. CarcilloL000097:06
14I. LaperriereR0001013:12
17J. CarterC1004017:15
18M. RichardsC1003019:14
19S. HartnellL0102216:08
20C. ProngerD0001427:41
21J. van RiemsdykL010308:59
25M. CarleD0003022:13
26D. SyvretD000025:26
27M. PyoralaC0001012:48
28C. GirouxC0001010:48
36D. PoweC0002211:16
44K. TimonenD0001224:32
48D. BriereC0100015:27
77R. ParentD0000015:46
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
29R. Emery28281.00059:38
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4A. WardD0001021:28
6T. GleasonD00021717:46
7N. WallinD0000213:41
8M. CullenC0003018:30
12E. StaalC0001026:39
13R. WhitneyL0001220:45
14S. SamsonovL0001416:25
15T. RuutuR0005015:23
17R. Brind'AmourC0000214:15
18S. YelleC000108:01
24S. WalkerR000109:38
26E. ColeL0004021:42
29T. KostopoulosR000107:14
36J. JokinenL0002214:33
41A. AlbertsD0001014:18
44J. HarrisonD0000011:05
59C. LaRoseR0000011:09
77J. CorvoD0004030:05
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30C. Ward2527.92658:06