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Sergei Samsonov scores 3:53 into OT to lift Hurricanes past Flyers 3-2

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PHILADELPHIA - Sergei Samsonov scored at 3:53 of overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes snapped the Philadelphia Flyers' six-game winning streak 3-2 Friday.

Samsonov skated in to the goal-mouth and put a forehand shot past goaltender Martin Biron's glove side as the Hurricanes ended their three-game slide.

The Flyers, who won seven of their previous eight, were denied their longest winning streak since they won eight straight in 1999-2000.

Patrick Dwyer and Tuomo Ruutu also scored for the Hurricanes. Joffrey Lupul and Jeff Carter each had a goal and an assist for the Flyers.

Carolina goaltender Cam Ward stopped 24 shots, including brilliant saves on breakaways by Scottie Upshall and Carter late in the first period.

Biron, who made 27 saves, was shaken up early in the third period when a shot by Eric Staal hit his mask. His best save came late in the first period when he snared Staal's close-in shot in mid-air.

Lupul put the Flyers ahead with a power-play goal early in the first period when his shot deflected off the stick of Carolina defenceman Joni Pitkanen over the left shoulder of Ward.

The Hurricanes went ahead with a pair of goals within 1:06 late in the second period.

Dwyer deflected a shot by Pitkanen for his first career goal at 15:00. Ruutu followed with a shot from just inside the blue line that bounced off the leg of Philadelphia defenceman Ossi Vannanen.

Carter tied it 2-2 with his league-leading 16th goal with 46 seconds left in the period, streaking in to score on a backhander.

An apparent goal by Mike Richards was disallowed when the Flyers were called for too many men on the ice earlier in the second period.

Notes: The Flyers won the front end of the home-and-home series with the Hurricanes on Wednesday, 3-1. ... The four games between the teams this season take place during a 16 day span ending on Dec. 11. ... Philadelphia C Simon Gagne's career-high nine-game points streak (5 goals, 11 assists) ended. ... Flyers D Vannanen and Carolina C Matt Cullen both hit posts with shots. ... The Flyers have killed off 15 straight penalties and 52 of 54 power plays in the last 10 games.

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