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Flyers 8, Hurricanes 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 8, Hurricanes 1
Philadelphia Flyers 8, Carolina Hurricanes 1

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Maybe the Philadelphia Flyers should schedule a few more golf vacations together.

Jeff Carter had his second career hat trick, and the Flyers had their highest-scoring game since 2007, an 8-1 rout of the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

The offensive outburst came after a well-placed break in the schedule. Coach Peter Laviolette, who spent five years as Carolina's coach and is plenty familiar with the local scene, took the Flyers a few hours southwest to famed Pinehurst Resort to play some golf and spend some time together away from the rink.

"We should do it every week, if we're going to score eight goals," Carter said.

Danny Briere scored two goals, Scott Hartnell had a goal and an assist, and Nikolay Zherdev and Mike Richards also scored for the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers, who led 3-0 less than 2 minutes into the second period and cruised to their seventh win in eight games.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 35 shots for Philadelphia, which has won eight straight in the series. The Flyers hadn't scored eight goals in a game since beating Pittsburgh 8-2 in December 2007.

Chad LaRose scored for Carolina, but Cam Ward allowed four goals and stopped only nine shots before he was pulled midway through the second period. Justin Peters finished, also making nine saves and giving up four goals.

"It's disappointing, because that hasn't happened to us," coach Paul Maurice said. "We've had some tough nights but stayed in the fight, I thought, pretty good, and tonight, we didn't."

The Hurricanes entered having won three straight home games by a combined 17-5. But they couldn't get anything going against Bobrovsky in the brief time this one was in doubt. Meanwhile, the rookie goalie got plenty of offensive support - especially from Carter - and had little trouble extending his team's dominance of the series.

"We were fresh, gained some strength, played some golf and with new strength and new emotions, we came out skating" well, Bobrovsky said through an interpreter.

Philadelphia, which had its six-game winning streak snapped four nights earlier with an overtime loss at Washington, improved to 14-0-3 in its last 17 meetings with Carolina.

"We were embarrassed on our home ice," Hurricanes captain Eric Staal said.

Carter scored his first goal in the final minutes of the first - and 10 seconds into an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Erik Cole - when he sent a rebound past Ward and made it 2-0. Carter extended the lead to three goals less than 2 minutes into the second when he redirected Andrej Meszaros' wrist shot from the circle - a goal that initially was credited to Meszaros.

Then, Carter ended Ward's night 4 minutes later when he skated up the boards and beat him with a quick wrist shot to his stick side with 14:02 left. That finished off his first hat trick since April 2009 against Toronto.

"I had a lot of time to think about that one - I skated down the whole ice," Carter said.

Briere scored the Flyers' first goal with 12:06 left in the first when he tapped in a cross-ice pass, then scored on a wrist shot midway through the third period to make it a six-goal game.

NOTES: Philadelphia RW Claude Giroux, who had two assists, has points in 12 of the Flyers' 16 games. ... Carolina RW Tom Kostopoulos and Philadelphia LW Daniel Carcillo dropped the gloves 20 seconds after Carter's second goal. ... Carolina C Jiri Tlusty skated in his 100th career game.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:54
PHI
Daniel Briere (7) ASST: Ville Leino (10), Scott Hartnell (6)
1 - 0 PHI
18:42
PHI
PPG - Jeff Carter (6) ASST: Chris Pronger (4), Kimmo Timonen (7)
2 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
01:54
PHI
Jeff Carter (7) ASST: Andrej Meszaros (4), Claude Giroux (8)
3 - 0 PHI
05:58
PHI
PPG - Jeff Carter (8) ASST: Daniel Briere (4)
4 - 0 PHI
3rd Period
07:27
PHI
SHG - Mike Richards (4) ASST: Claude Giroux (9)
5 - 0 PHI
08:44
CAR
Chad LaRose (4) ASST: Anton Babchuk (5), Joni Pitkanen (7)
5 - 1 PHI
09:02
PHI
Scott Hartnell (5) ASST: NONE
6 - 1 PHI
10:55
PHI
Daniel Briere (8) ASST: Daniel Carcillo (1), Jody Shelley (1)
7 - 1 PHI
18:10
PHI
Nikolay Zherdev (5) ASST: Andreas Nodl (2), Braydon Coburn (3)
8 - 1 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
18:32
CAR
Erik Cole  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Nikolay Zherdev
2nd Period
02:14
PHI
Daniel Carcillo  Fighting against  Tom Kostopoulos
02:14
CAR
Tom Kostopoulos  Fighting against  Daniel Carcillo
03:45
PHI
Nikolay Zherdev  Holding against  Tim Gleason
05:07
CAR
Jussi Jokinen  Hooking against  Mike Richards
11:05
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Interference against  Tom Kostopoulos
18:22
PHI
Darroll Powe  Charging against  Erik Cole
3rd Period
06:37
PHI
Daniel Briere  Tripping against  Joe Corvo
goalie stats
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 32 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .972SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
SA: 13TOI: 25:58
Saves: 9EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 2
SV%: .692SH: 0 - 0
Justin Peters
SA: 13TOI: 34:00
Saves: 9EV: 8 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .692SH: 1 - 2