HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Hurricanes tallied the first three goals of the game and didn't let off the gas pedal en route to a 4-1 win over the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.
Former Flyer Justin Williams scored the first and only goal of the first period, while Teuvo Teravainen added the second goal five and half minutes into the second period on a nice give & go with Sebastian Aho. Williams added his second of the game with 8:18 left in the second period to give the Canes a three-goal lead entering the third.
Travis Konecny scored his 16th of the season early in the third period to give the Flyers hopes of a comeback, but the Canes allowed just seven shots the rest of the way to preserve the win.
Petr Mrazek made his fourth straight start and suffered his first loss as a Flyer stopping 31 of 35 shots, while Cam Ward stopped 21 of 22 for the win.
Justin Williams second tally of the night was the difference maker in this one. Jordan Staal kicked off the play by digging the puck out of the corner and finding Brett Pesce at the point. Pesce fired a one-timer with two Hurricanes in front and Williams was the one who got his stick on it for the deflection. Although it wouldn't be the game-winner, it gave the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead just past the midway point of the game.
1. Justin Williams: Scored two goals and three points against his former team to go along with a +3.
2. Sebastian Aho: Had a goal and an assist to improve his career numbers to 10 points (5g-5a) in seven games.
3. Jordan Staal: Recorded an assist and a +1 rating in an emotional return to the team.
STATS & STORYLINES
The Canes came out firing and strong in the early going... They outshot the Flyers 9-2 in the first 11 minutes of the game and fell behind 1-0 after the first period... They continued that trend in the second and soon became doubled up in shots 28-11 and a 3-0 deficit after 40 minutes.
FIRST TIME IN A WHILE
The Flyers suffered their first loss in regulation in a month, last taking a 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 1... The loss also snaps the Flyers six-game winning streak and 12-game streak in which they have earned a point in the standings... On the other end, the Hurricanes earned their first win since Feb. 13 and first road win since Jan. 25.
GIROUX TIES KERR
Claude Giroux earned a point on the lone goal scored, recording a secondary assist, which sprung the 2-on-1 break where Konecny scored. With that assist, Giroux tied Tim Kerr for seventh on the Flyers all time scoring list with his 650th point as a Flyer.Video: CAR@PHI: Konecny taps home Couturier's feed
The Flyers received an early scare as Ivan Provorov took a puck off the leg area in the first period. He was down on the ice for several minutes, but eventually got up under his own power and remained in the game. He still finished with over 20 minutes of ice time (20:10) and had four hits.
The Flyers head out to the Sunshine State for a back-to-back set over the weekend. First up is a meeting with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a Saturday matinee (1pm, NBCSP & 97.5 The Fanatic).
5. THEY SAID IT
Video: Mrazek on 4-1 loss to CARVideo: Voracek on 4-1 loss to CAR