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REVIEW: HURRICANES 2, FLYERS 0

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Sami Kapanen scored late in the second period and Arturs Irbe stopped 25 shots for his 27th career shutout as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 Thursday night.

Irbe's shutout was his third of the season and third in his last five games against the Flyers, who saw their four-game road winning streak stopped.

Bates Battaglia scored an empty-net goal with 12 seconds left to seal the victory and extend his points streak to six game (11/18-11/30: 4g, 2a).

Carolina has given up one goal or less in seven of its last 10 games to move to .500 (10-10-3-1) for the first time since Oct. 21.

Philadelphia center Keith Primeau had two good scoring chances in the third as he raced in on Irbe. He fired the puck wide on his first attempt and then was caught from behind by David Tanabe on a short-handed breakaway, with 11:12 remaining, as the Flyers failed to solve Irbe.

The game was a tight-checking match through 35 minutes until Kapanen scored 14 seconds into Carolina's second power play with 3:22 left in the second period.

Kapanen's fifth of the season, from in close, was set up by Ron Francis _ who moved within 14 points of Phil Esposito for fifth on the NHL's career scoring list at 1,575 points.

 1st2nd3rdTOTAL
Philadelphia0000
Carolina0112

First Period: Scoring: None. Penalties: Gelinas, Car (cross checking),19:04.
Second Period: Scoring: 1, Carolina, Kapanen 5 (power play) (Francis,Willis), 16:38. Penalties: Karpa, Car (cross checking), 1:13; KManderville, Phi (tripping), 3:58; Kapanen, Car (charging), 13:41;Richardson, Phi (tripping), 16:22.
Third Period: Scoring: 2, Carolina, Battaglia 7 (empty net) (Ozolinsh,Karpa), 19:48. Penalties: K Manderville, Phi (boarding), 7:59; Tocchet,Phi (goalie interference), 12:27.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Philadelphia8611--25
Carolina

5
12
10
--27

Power-play Conversions: Phi - 0 of 3, Car - 1 of 4. Goalies:Philadelphia, R Cechmanek (26 shots, 25 saves; record: 6-4-1). Carolina,Irbe (25, 25; record: 9-7-3). A:13,279. Referees: Joannette, Warren.Linesmen: Orourke, M Pare.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS

PhiladelphiaCarolina
GA+/-ShotsGA+/-Shots
Delmore
Desjardins
Gagne
Hull
K Manderville
Langkow
Leclair
Mcallister
Mcgillis
P White
Primeau
R Fedotenko
Ranheim
Recchi
Richardson
Therien
Tocchet
Williams
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
even
even
even
-1
-1
even
-1
even
-1
even
even
-1
even
even
even
even
1
2
2
0
1
1
3
0
3
1
2
1
3
2
0
0
0
3
Adams
Battaglia
Brindamour
Dimaio
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
Halko
Kapanen
Karpa
Langdon
Malik
Oneill
Ozolinsh
T Westlund
Tanabe
Vasicek
Willis
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
even
+1
+1
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
even
+1
+1
even
+1
even
even
0
2
0
2
0
1
2
0
6
1
0
0
4
0
0
4
2
3

POST-GAME QUOTES
CAROLINA HURRICANES vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
NOVEMBER 30, 2000

CAROLINA HEAD COACH PAUL MAURICE:

On the game:
“We got better as the game went on… We were really strong in the second… Pretty good containment in the third—we had a couple of lapses. Arturs played a strong third and made some great saves on our power play in the third period.”

On November:
“Overall, we’re back to where we wanted to be. We talked about this earlier in the month. We wanted to we wanted to get as close to .500 as we could. By the end of the month we thought we’d be in a strong position. I’m not sure with that schedule we that we’d get right back to .500 but we lose the first three this month and still finish two games over .500 this month. Things are seemingly gelling pretty well…”

On Irbe:
“He’s just seemingly so patient in the net now—you don’t see him doing a lot of poke-checking. There were a couple of nice poke-checks there in the second period especially. He’s just got a great calm in the net and I think that’s reflective and the players feel that confidence—you can’t help it when the goaltender’s that strong.”

PHILADELPHIA HEAD COACH CRAIG RAMSAY:

On the game:
We played well enough to win, but we just can’t score. We were good early and we sagged in the second. “Man that guy kept the puck under your skate and actually pushing it forward,” and that definitely isn’t a goal. After the period, it certainly looked like he moved his foot forward on the one replay from behind. It’s hard to believe we can’t draw a penalty in the third period--13 shots, we’re pushing and we don’t get a power play and we have to kill two penalties off. You’ve got to find ways to score goals. There’s no secret.

On Primeau’s third period, shorthanded breakaway:
“The defenseman dove and got a piece of the puck as (Primeau) went to shoot it. It was a great play by them.”

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