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POSTGAME 5: 2018-19 Ends

Flyers put up good fight, but fall 4-3 in season finale to Hurricanes

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Hurricanes got out to 2-0 and 3-1 leads and the Flyers fought back on each occasion to tie it up, but Jordan Staal snapped the tie to lead Carolina to a 4-3 win over the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center to end their 2018-19 season.

Warren Foegele opened the scoring for Carolina, followed up by Justin Faulk and Teuvo Teravainen in the first period with Oskar Lindblom scoring the lone Flyers goal of the frame.

Travis Konecny and Sean Couturier scored in second, but Staal tallied the game's final goal seven minutes into the period to take the lead for good... Carter Hart stopped 24 of 28 shots for the loss, while Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves for the win.

Stars of the Game:
1 - Jordan Staal (1g-1a)
2 - Teuvo Teravainen (1g-1a)
3 - Sean Couturier (1g)

TURNING POINT
The Flyers have given up far too many goals this season like the one scored by Jordan Staal that made it a 4-3 Canes lead. He was untouched in prime range to receive a centering feed and fire it home... That shot turned out to be the game-winner.

MELTZER'S TAKE
1) The Canes controlled possession early in the game. A broken play on a bounce that went Carolina's way resulted in Warren Foegele claiming the puck and scoring from the high slot to make it 1-0. Justin Faulk made it 2-0 on an open look from the right slot.

2) A patient Oskar Lindblom waited out his chance and found the net for his 17th goal of his rookie season. But the Flyers were caught watching in the D-zone very shortly thereafter and fell back in a two-goal hole.

3) A snipe by Travis Konecny moving across the center slot quickly got the deficit down to 2-1 early in the second period. The Flyers needed it to be a tone-setter for the period... Sean Couturier got the game knotted at 3-3 with a good tip of a Jakub Voracek power play shot. Shortly thereafter, Carter Hart made his first tough save of the 2nd period to keep the game tied.Video: CAR@PHI: Konecny goes blocker side to beat McElhinney

4) A successful four-minute PK by the Flyers begat a power play immediately thereafter as Carolina was called for too many men on the ice. Philly had a pair of good setups but couldn't bag an equalizer. 

5) The Flyers applied decent pressure in much of the third period but couldn't get another puck home.  

JUST THE STATS

* The Flyers finished their regular season with a 37-37-8 overall record: a 19-18-4 home record and a 18-19-4 road record.

* Oskar Lindblom scored for the third straight game and fourth time in his final five contests... He has 13 of his 17 goals since Jan. 16 - a span of 36 games, and since that date, he led all NHL rookies in scoring.Video: CAR@PHI: Lindblom beats McElhinney with nifty deke

* With his goal in the second period, Sean Couturier matched his career high in points in a single season, with 76 points (33g-43a).

* Mark Friedman made his NHL debut tonight, making him the fifth Flyer to make his NHL debut this season (Aube-Kubel, Hart, Myers & Vorobyev).

* Friedman logged 12:33 of ice time and register one hit and one shot on goal.

* Six Flyers appeared in all 82 games (Hagg, Giroux, Konecny, Laughton, Provorov & Sanheim).

THEY SAID IT

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