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Jakub Voracek lifts Flyers

Three points help Philadelphia defeat Hurricanes, end skid

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Jakub Voracek had two goals and an assist to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

Shayne Gostisbehere had a goal and two assists, Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist, and Brandon Manning and Matt Read each scored. Goaltender Steve Mason made 27 saves to help the Flyers end a three-game losing streak (0-2-1).

Justin Faulk, Jordan Staal and Lee Stempniak scored for the Hurricanes. Goaltender Eddie Lack made 21 saves.

Voracek led the rally that saw the Flyers score four straight goals in the second period to take a 4-2 lead. He made a cross-ice pass to a cutting Manning for Philadelphia's first goal at 4:50 of the second, and then he redirected Ivan Provorov's point shot for a goal at 7:50 of the period to tie it 2-2.

"I know what I'm capable of when I feel good," Voracek said. "I feel strong in the skates, which is important for me."

Voracek has two goals in five games. Last season, it took him 31 games to score two goals.

"Tonight was probably one of his better 60-minute performances," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "I thought he played at a high level from start to finish tonight."

Read and Gostisbehere scored 1:26 apart later in the second period to give the Flyers a 4-2 lead.

Video: CAR@PHI: Gostisbehere beats Lack from faceoff circle

The goal was Read's Flyers-best fifth and extended his goal streak to four games.

The Hurricanes pulled within 4-3 on Stempniak's goal with 1:06 remaining in the period, but the Flyers never felt panicked.

"On the bench, it was pretty impressive," defenseman Mark Streit said. "We kept our cool. … When they scored that third goal at the end of the second, we just kept playing in the third, and it paid off."

Simmonds' power-play goal at 11:50 of the third period made it 5-3 and extended his goal streak to four games, and then Voracek scored with 2:27 remaining to put Philadelphia up 6-3.

The Hurricanes had taken a 2-0 lead early in the second on goals by Faulk and Staal, but they couldn't build on it.

"They found a way to get in behind us and get some goals," Staal said. "It wasn't like they completely outplayed us. But they found a way to get the puck in."

 

Goal of the game

Voracek took the puck on the move in the Philadelphia zone with the Flyers skating on a delayed penalty late in the third period. He picked up speed through the neutral zone, split two Hurricanes just past center ice, and as two other defenders stepped up to try to stop him inside the blue line, he beat Lack with a wrist shot over his right pad at 17:33.

Video: CAR@PHI: Voracek beats Lack for second of game

 

Save of the game

With the Flyers leading 5-3 with 13:55 left in the third period, Phillip Di Giuseppe had a look in front with Mason falling backward. But Mason snapped his legs shut to stop the shot and froze the puck with Joakim Nordstrom digging for it.

 

Unsung moments of the game

Manning made pivotal plays on the Flyers' first two goals. He started the play that led to his goal at 4:50 of the second, holding in a Hurricanes clearing attempt at the left point. He made a cross-ice dump-in that Voracek got to first, allowing him to make a backdoor run to the post and score when Voracek returned him the puck. Then he started the play that led to Voracek's first goal, at 7:19 of the second, when he stole the puck from Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho. He got it deep for forward Travis Konecny, who sent it to Provorov for an open look at the point that was redirected by Voracek.

Video: CAR@PHI: Voracek tips Provorov's blast to even score

 

Highlight of the game

Manning isn't known as a goal-scorer, but he sure looked like one on his first of the season. He found an open lane to the net from the left point, received Voracek's cross-ice pass, made a quick deke around a sliding Lack, and from a sharp angle tucked the puck along the goal line inside the far post.

Video: CAR@PHI: Manning sneaks tough-angle goal past Lack

 

They said it

"I'm not sure he knew he could pull it off. Was great to see." -- Flyers goalie Steve Mason on Brandon Manning's goal

 

"I'd say give all the credit to [Jakub Voracek] there. He got his foot on the gas pedal, took charge of the game, and he created both goals to make it 2-2. He lifted the bench from there." -- Flyers forward Matt Read on how they were able to come back from down two goals

 

"I think we needed to play more 5-on-5. As the game wore on, it just seemed to be more a specialty team game, and we took too many penalties. You know we've been a very disciplined team in the past and we need to get back to that." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters

 

Need to know

Manning's goal was his second in 82 career NHL games. … Provorov had his first multipoint NHL game. ... Victor Rask had an assist to extend his point streak to five games.

 

What's next

Hurricanes: At the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Flyers: At the Montreal Canadiens on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; SNE, RDS, CSN-PH, NHL.TV)

 

Video: 2nd-period scoring rush lifts Flyers over 'Canes, 6-3

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