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HURRICANES FALL TO FLYERS, 4-3

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes fell to the Philadelphia Flyers for the second time this season on Saturday, 4-3 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Hurricanes winger Jeff O’Neill scored two goals for the fourth time this month and rookie forward Shane Willis netted his 10th goal of the season, but their efforts were not enough.

Philadelphia’s leading goal scorer, Simon Gagne scored the game-winning goal at 10:08 of the third period during a four-on-four scenario following penalties to Carolina forward Martin Gelinas and Flyers forward Keith Primeau.

The Hurricanes struggled early in the game as the Flyers struck first, just six seconds after Carolina defenseman Dave Karpa was whistled for holding Keith Primeau. Daymond Langkow scored the power-play goal at 3:45 of the first period.

“Especially early, they came out in the first 10 minutes,” said Carolina captain Ron Francis. “We knew they were going to come hard and we wanted to come out hard ourselves. We just didn’t respond the way we wanted to in the first 10 minutes. Archie kept us in there and gave us a chance and we battled a little better to take the lead, but we didn’t do what we needed to do to get the two points.”

The Hurricanes struck back at 12:16 and 12:59 when rookie forward Shane Willis pounded the puck past Philadelphia goaltender Roman Cechmanek and Jeff O’Neill netted a slapshot from the slot.

Carolina padded their lead at 4:23 of the second period when O’Neill found the net for a second time, his 23rd goal of the season. O’Neill stole the puck in the Philadelphia offensive zone, skated down the ice and beat Philadelphia goaltender Roman Cechmanek after faking a first shot from the top of the faceoff circle.

“We had some great opportunities in the second period,” said Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley. “We had them up 3-1 and we didn’t capitalize. They scored off kind of a flukey line change and with the third one, they got the momentum back.”

With the Hurricanes lead at 3-1, at 7:05 of the second period, Philadelphia defenseman Paul Ranheim scored a shorthanded goal as Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe had left the net to play the puck. Replays of the goal show five Flyers skaters on the ice when the goal was scored, but the officials did not review the play. The Hurricanes suffered a similar shorthanded goal on Saturday, Jan. 20 against the Los Angeles Kings.

“It was another one of those calls where you are wondering, what that’s all about,” said Carolina coach Paul Maurice. “It wasn’t even close. It was a bad line change and I think that caught (Irbe) off guard because that guy had no business being where he was. That was a tough one, no question.

The shorthanded goal was the 10th given up by the Hurricanes this season – second most in the National Hockey League behind the Tampa Bay Lightning who have allowed 11.

“We’ve given up shorthanded goals in each one of our last three losses,” said Maurice. “It seems to be a reoccurring theme here. In Archie’s defense, that was a very, very poor line change. We were yelling right from the time it happened, but to no avail.”

The Hurricanes play host to Southeast Division rival Tampa Bay Lightning Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. Carolina is 2-1-0-0 against Tampa Bay this season and has 17 more points than the Lightning in the standings.

“It’s going to be a hard, tough test for us,” said Willis. “We’re going to have to come ready to play and hopefully we will bounce back with a big win.”

NOTES: The Hurricanes have lost three straight home games, tying the season high in that category… Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour has earned assists in five straight games (1/18-1/27: 1g, 7a)… Wesley was honored with a brief, on-ice ceremony before the game for playing his 1,000th game on Jan. 20 against the Los Angeles Kings. Wesley is only the 156th player in NHL history to play in 1,000 or more games.

  1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
Philadelphia 1 2 1 4
Carolina 2 1 0 3

First Period: Scoring: 1, Philadelphia, Langkow 10 (power play) (Gagne, Desjardins), 3:45. 2, Carolina, Willis 10 (Brindamour, Gelinas), 12:16. 3, Carolina, Oneill 22 (Francis, Karpa), 12:59. Penalties: Karpa, Car (holding), 3:39; R Fedotenko, Phi (hooking), 6:18.
Second Period: Scoring: 4, Carolina, Oneill 23 (unassisted), 4:23. 5, Philadelphia, Ranheim 8 (shorthanded) (unassisted), 7:05. 6, Philadelphia, P White 6 (Therien, Stock), 16:19. Penalties: Francis, Car (tripping), 1:41; Desjardins, Phi (charging), 6:01; Francis, Car (high sticking), 10:43; Stock, Phi (goalie interference), 19:20.
Third Period: Scoring: 7, Philadelphia, Gagne 22 (Desjardins, Therien), 10:08. Penalties: Desjardins, Phi (Delay of game), 0:42; Brindamour, Car (goalie interference), 1:04; Gelinas, Car (holding), 9:27; Primeau, Phi (interference), 9:45; Carolina bench, served by Kapanen , 19:25.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Philadelphia   20 10 7 --37
Carolina

8
5
5
--18

Power-play Conversions: Phi - 1 of 6, Car - 0 of 5. Goalies: Philadelphia, Cechmanek (18 shots, 15 saves; record: 18-7-4). Carolina, Irbe (37, 33; record: 20-17-6). A:18,730. Referees: Larue, Leggo. Linesmen: Mcelman, Sericolo.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS

Philadelphia         Carolina        
  G A +/- Shots   G A +/- Shots
Delmore
Desjardins
Gagne
Hull
Langkow
Manderville
Mcallister
Mcgillis
P White
Primeau
R Fedotenko
Ranheim
Recchi
Richardson
Stock
Therien
Tocchet
Williams
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
+2
-1
even
-1
+1
even
-2
-1
+1
-2
-1
even
-2
-1
+1
+3
even
+1
2
4
4
2
2
3
3
1
2
2
2
2
5
0
0
0
1
2
Battaglia
Brindamour
Dimaio
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
J Daniels
Kapanen
Karpa
Langdon
Malik
Oneill
Ozolinsh
T Westlund
Tanabe
Vasicek
Wallin
Willis
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
even
even
even
+1
-1
even
even
even
+1
even
+1
even
even
even
-1
even
even
even
0
3
0
0
1
2
1
1
0
0
1
2
1
0
0
1
3
2
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