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Hart makes 33 saves, Flyers defeat Hurricanes

Giroux, Couturier each has goal, assist for Philadelphia; Carolina loses second straight

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

Giroux scores on breakaway

CAR@PHI: Giroux hammers puck by Mrazek on breakaway

Claude Giroux winds up and beats Petr Mrazek five-hole on a breakaway to give the Flyers a 4-1 lead late in the 3rd period

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PHILADELPHIA -- Carter Hart made 33 saves for the Philadelphia Flyers in a 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

"I was just feeling the puck," Hart said. "We did a good job of clearing guys out of the net front so I could see the pucks and do my job. It was nice to see some of the boys score some nice goals at the end."

Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux each had a goal and an assist, and Travis Konecny and Joel Farabee scored for Philadelphia (7-5-2), which won for the second time in five games (2-2-1).


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Lucas Wallmark scored for Carolina (9-5-1), which was 3-1-1 in its previous five games. Petr Mrazek made 24 saves.

"Frustrating game for me because if we had just stuck to it a little more, maybe things would have been different," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "Their goalie was good, and they capitalized."

Hart has won two straight starts, allowing four goals on 60 shots (.933 save percentage) against Carolina and in a 4-3 shootout victory against the New Jersey Devils on Friday. In his previous three starts, he allowed 12 goals on 43 shots (.721 save percentage).

Video: CAR@PHI: Couturier tips in power-play goal

Hart said some extra work with goaltending coach Kim Dillabaugh has helped.

"Just getting back to what I was always doing," he said. "Last year, I made sure that I made the most of every practice we had because we don't get a lot of practice time. That's something Kim has been stressing, something I've been really focusing on, is I'm making the most of every minute in practice."

His teammates said they never doubted the 21-year-old goalie would figure it out.

"There's nothing really to be worried about," Couturier said. "I'm sure he wanted to be better, same for us in front of him. I think collectively we stuck together, and we try to support him as much as we can and be better in front of him. Tonight, we gave up a few chances, and he was there to back us up."

Konecny put the Flyers ahead 2-1 at 1:12 of the third period when he scored on the rebound of a Matt Niskanen shot.

Video: CAR@PHI: Konecny buries loose puck early in 3rd

Farabee made it 3-1 at 12:59 when he cut to the net and put his own rebound under Mrazek.

Giroux scored on a breakaway to make it 4-1 with 2:22 remaining.

Wallmark got position in front of Hart and scored for the Hurricanes on a centering pass from Trevor van Riemsdyk to tie the game 1-1 at 6:17 of the second period.

"We need to shoot more," Wallmark said. "Remember last year, we shoot like 40 shots almost every game and to come back to that mind set and play that game. When we're doing that, we're good."

Couturier gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 3:30 of the first period when he redirected Niskanen's pass.


They said it

"We changed our group this year a little bit and we're talented, but that doesn't win if you don't get to the net and grind out the goals first and grind-it-out mentality. ... You've got to get to the net, overshoot the puck to create the chaos, and that's what we haven't really done all year." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour

"I think the reason we came out in the third was we wanted it more. It was easy to see we were the more determined team to get pucks below their goal line and go to work. That's a big reason we got a lot of chances. You keep them in their own zone, they're going to make mistakes, and that's what happened." -- Flyers forward Joel Farabee


Need to know

Forward Erik Haula, who leads the Hurricanes with eight goals, did not play because of a lower-body injury. ... It was the first time in 15 games this season that Carolina did not score at least two goals. ... The Flyers went 0-4-0 against the Hurricanes last season. ... Philadelphia has scored 23 of its 46 goals in the third period.


What's next

Hurricanes: Host the New York Rangers on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-CR, MSG, NHL.TV)

Flyers: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV)

Video: Flyers score three in third to defeat Hurricanes

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