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HURRICANES FALL TO FLYERS, 4-0

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Still showing signs of fatigue after the team's 5-4 win against Boston on Sunday, the Hurricanes lost a tough one on Monday, falling 4-0 to the Philadelphia Flyers at First Union Center.

Keith Primeau scored two goals and Roman Cechmanek recorded his sixth shutout for the Flyers.

Mark Recchi, who also had an assist, and Todd Fedoruk scored the other goals for the Flyers, who have won five straight overall and 10 of their last 13.

The loss kept the Hurricanes one point behind Boston in the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Cechmanek, the Czech Republic's outstanding goaltender the past six years -- but a backup to Dominik Hasek on the gold medal-winning Olympic team -- had 21 saves. Playing in his first NHL season, Cechmanek has won five straight starts and 10 of his last 11 decisions.

Recchi put the Flyers ahead 1-0 3:45 into the game on a power play. He tapped in his 19th goal after goaltender Arturs Irbe allowed the initial shot by Dan McGillis to dribble off his pads.

Fedoruk made it 2-0 later in the period, converting a pass from P.J. Stock after Irbe was caught out of position chasing Stock behind the net.

Irbe, who stopped 10 of Philadelphia's 12 shots in the first period, was replaced in goal by Tyler Moss at the start of the second period.

"I didn't particularly care for the first two goals," said Carolina coach Paul Maurice. "With Irbe nursing an injury, I didn't want to risk him getting hurt with some big games coming up."

Irbe had started 43 of the Hurricanes' previous 44 games before missing last Friday's 1-0 loss to Phoenix with a groin injury. He returned in a 5-4 win over Boston on Sunday.

"Tonight was a bad game," said Rod Brind'Amour, who was traded to Carolina last year in the Primeau deal. "Nobody played well."

Primeau scored on an unusual play in the second period. The center appeared to be feathering a pass to Recchi from the side when the puck bounced off both Carolina defenseman Marek Malik and Moss into the net.

Primeau added his 25th goal on a power play 43 seconds into the third period, hammering in a rebound of a shot by Eric Desjardins.

Game notes
Carolina, which went into the game leading the NHL in penalty killing (87.5 percent) stopped four of six Philadelphia power plays. ... The Flyers won the season series 3-1. ... Philadelphia has lost only one of its last 11 home games (9-1-1).

 1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Carolina0000
Philadelphia2114

First Period: Scoring: 1, Philadelphia, Recchi 19 (power play)(Mcgillis, Langkow), 3:45. 2, Philadelphia, T Fedoruk 5 (Stock), 17:33.Penalties: Hatcher, Car ( double high sticking minor), 1:01; Tanabe, Car(holding stick), 6:59; Therien, Phi (holding), 12:01; Williams, Phi(slashing), 18:59.

Second Period: Scoring: 3, Philadelphia, Primeau 24 (Recchi, RFedotenko), 12:04. Penalties: Tocchet, Phi (slashing), 9:09; Oneill, Carserved by Willis (high sticking, roughing), 13:45; Manderville, Phi(roughing), 13:45; Hatcher, Car ( double high sticking minor), 16:47.

Third Period: Scoring: 4, Philadelphia, Primeau 25 (power play)(Desjardins, Mcgillis), 0:43. Penalties: Tocchet, Phi (roughing), 2:29;Delmore, Phi (slashing), 13:27.

SHOTS ON GOAL
Carolina6114--21
Philadelphia

12
6
7
--25

Power-play Conversions: Car - 0 of 5, Phi - 2 of 6. Goalies: Carolina,Irbe (12 shots, 10 saves; record: 24-20-7), Moss (start of 2nd, 13, 11).Philadelphia, Cechmanek (21, 21; record: 25-8-4). A:19,566. Referees:Fraser, Roberts. Linesmen: Seitz, Sericolo.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS
Carolina    Philadelphia    
GA+/-ShotsGA+/-Shots
Adams
Battaglia
Brindamour
Dimaio
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
Hatcher
J Daniels
Kapanen
Karpa
Malik
Oneill
Ozolinsh
T Westlund
Tanabe
Vasicek
Willis
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
even
-1
-1
-1
even
even
even
-2
-1
even
even
-2
even
even
even
even
-1
-1
2
1
2
1
2
1
0
2
1
0
1
1
3
2
1
0
0
1
Delmore
Desjardins
Hull
Langkow
Manderville
Mcallister
Mcgillis
P White
Primeau
R Fedotenko
Ranheim
Recchi
Richardson
Stock
T Fedoruk
Therien
Tocchet
Williams
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
even
even
even
even
even
+1
+1
+1
+1
+1
even
+1
+2
+1
+1
even
even
even
0
2
1
3
0
0
2
1
4
1
1
4
2
0
1
3
0
0
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