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Ward lifts Hurricanes past Flyers

Goalie makes 36 saves; Jordan Staal, Eric Staal each score

by Kurt Dusterberg / Correspondent

Ward's great glove save

PHI@CAR: Ward flashes the glove to deny Laughton

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- With the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline next Monday at 3 p.m. ET, rumors suggest Eric Staal's tenure with the Carolina Hurricanes could be nearing an end. 

So after Eric and younger brother Jordan Staal each scored in a 3-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at PNC Arena on Tuesday, the elder Staal sounded a bit nostalgic. 

"You dream of playing in the NHL and you dream of playing on the same team and scoring goals to help the team win," Eric Staal said. "It doesn't get much better, to be honest." 

The brothers have been trending in different directions during Carolina's push toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Eric's goal ended a 16-game drought, and Jordan has 23 points in the past 21 games. 

"He's playing phenomenal hockey, the best I've seen his whole career," Eric said of his brother. "It's been really fun to watch him turn into the player I know he is. He's huge for this group and he's going to continue to be huge for this group down the stretch. It's been fun for me to see his game grow." 

Cam Ward made 36 saves and is 7-1-4 in his past 12 starts for the Hurricanes (28-23-10). 

Video: PHI@CAR: E. Staal bats home rebound to pad the lead

The Flyers (26-22-11) were strong on the forecheck throughout the game and outshot the Hurricanes 37-18. 

Scott Laughton scored his fifth goal to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead at 17:45 of the first period. After taking a pass from Matt Read, Laughton pushed a shot along the ice that fooled Ward and slipped between his pads. Radko Gudas got the second assist. 

"I had a little bit of a laugh at it," Ward said. "The guys that were driving the net, the snow sprayed and got me right in eye. I lost my vision. You're kind of thinking, 'C'mon!'" 

Carolina tied it in the second period after an errant clearing attempt by Michal Neuvirth. The Flyers goaltender made a blind pass from behind the goal line into the right faceoff circle, directly onto the stick of Joakim Nordstrom, who sent a wrist shot into an empty net at 8:09. 

"We didn't have the same momentum, legs and execution we normally do," Eric Staal said. "That goal kind of evened the tide and gave us some life." 

The Hurricanes took advantage of a favorable bounce to take a 2-1 lead with 1:34 left in the second period. Brett Pesce sent a pass around the boards, but the puck hit the referee and caromed into the low slot, where Jordan Staal spun and scored his 16th goal, his most in his four seasons in Carolina. 
Jordan has at least one point in 16 of his past 21 games. 

"I've been trying to contribute as best I can in all scenarios for our team," he said. "For them to start rolling in, it's always a nice feeling to be on that side of it." 

Ward was sharp in the second, stopping Jakub Voracek and Nick Cousins on short breakaways less than a minute apart. Moments later, Ward pushed across the crease to deny Read's shot on a 2-on-1. 

"It's the beauty of the position," Ward said. "Maybe when your team is not playing as well as they would hope, it opens the door to step up your game and try to change the momentum." 

Video: PHI@CAR: J. Staal spins and fires for a 2-1 lead

Each team had two power plays through the second period but failed to score. Philadelphia held a 28-15 advantage in shots. 

Eric Staal scored an insurance goal at 14:11 of the third period when he knocked in the rebound of a Jay McClement shot just under the crossbar. 

The Flyers had nine shots in the third period. 

"Their goaltender was the difference," Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol said. "You walk away from this one and we didn't get the two points, and that's all that really matters this time of year. But we did play a [heck] of a hockey game, so we've got to carry that play and that mentality into a home game in two days." 

The Flyers, who host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, went 2-2-1 on a five-game road trip. They played the final two without captain Claude Giroux, who sustained an upper-body injury in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. 

The Hurricanes trail the Pittsburgh Penguins by two points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. After a slow start, they have not lost consecutive games in regulation since they lost three straight Nov. 27-Dec. 3. 

Ward has played a key role in Carolina's resurgence. 

"He stole this game for us," Peters said. "Big saves, 2-on-1s, breakaways, all kinds of stuff going on. He allowed us to stay in the game and get our footing a little bit, not that we ever got it 100 percent, but enough to find a way."

Video: Ward, Staals lift Hurricanes past Flyers

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