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Voracek's first goal helps Flyers edge Hurricanes

by Kurt Dusterberg /

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jakub Voracek stood alone outside the crease, stick down, waiting to finish the game in overtime.

That's when Michael Del Zotto sent a hard pass for the game-winning goal, ultimately ending Voracek's nightmare.

Voracek's first goal of the season came 37 seconds into overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers rallied for a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Saturday.

"We made eye contact, so I knew it was coming," Voracek said. "It hit my stick, and thank God it went in. I almost forgot how that felt."

Voracek, a 20-plus goal scorer in each of the past three seasons, had five assists through the first 16 games for the Flyers (6-8-3), who entered the game with the second-fewest goals in the NHL with 29.

"It's not easy if you don't score for 16 games," Voracek said. "You just try to stay positive as much as possible. I know it's hard, but you cannot look at the past. You have to look at the future and the present. That's what I was trying to focus on. Hopefully now everything's going to get going."

Shayne Gostisbehere, promoted from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League, set up the tying goal with 3:09 remaining in the third period. He put a move on Chris Terry at the blue line and sent a hard shot to the net that went off Wayne Simmonds and past Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (16 saves).

"The coaches told me it's your time to do what you do," said Gostisbehere, who earned his first point in his third NHL game. "I took my chance there. I'm glad it worked out."

It was Simmonds' ninth goal in 17 games against the Hurricanes.

"It was a great play by Simmonds," Gostisbehere said. "We were just trying to get pucks to the net. That's how he makes his living. I banked it off him and it went in, so it's a great goal."

Elias Lindholm gave Carolina a 1-0 lead at 14:50 of the first period. On a 2-on-1, Lindholm took a pass from Eric Staal and slipped the puck into the crease from behind the goal line. Flyers goalie Steve Mason, who made 19 saves, scrambled for the loose puck, but Lindholm circled the net and scored from the left side. His second goal of the season ended a 13-game drought.

The Hurricanes (6-9-2) grabbed a two-goal lead when Victor Rask scored at 6:00 of the second period. With Ryan White in the box for boarding Ryan Murphy, Eric Staal gathered a rebound off the end wall and found Rask alone in the left circle with an open net. Murphy played one more shift in the second period before leaving the game because of an upper-body injury.

Carolina coach Bill Peters felt the injury changed the momentum of the game.

"We didn't move the puck as effectively from that point on," Peters said. "He skates it out of trouble. Our transition game wasn't the same, right from the point he went out."

Luke Schenn scored from along the boards to cut the deficit to 2-1. His shot appeared to handcuff Ward, beating him over the glove at 12:02 of the second. Michael Raffl and Voracek assisted.

The Hurricanes outshot the Flyers 18-7 through two periods. Spanning the first and second period, Philadelphia was held without a shot for 27:59.

"I'm not counting the shot clock. I'm not judging it that way," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "I thought we had a good second period. We built a little momentum and then in the third, we generated more because we got to more pucks."

Mason was at his best in the second period, making a sprawling stick save on Kris Versteeg, who had an open net. Near the end of the period, he denied consecutive shots by Jordan Staal from point-blank range. Mason is 7-3-1 in 11 games against Carolina.

The Hurricanes' loss was similar to their previous game, a 3-2 defeat against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. In each game, Carolina raced to a 2-0 lead before letting it slip away and losing in overtime.

Carolina is 1-3-2 in November, which features includes nine of 13 games at home.

"I thought we played well for the most part, but we didn't have the puck enough coming down the stretch," Peters said. "We were defending too much and it caught us in the end."

Flyers forward Ryan White left the game with 7:32 remaining in the third period after a hard hit into the boards by Hurricanes defenseman John-Michael Liles.

Prior to the game, there was a moment of silence to honor the victims of the attacks in Paris on Friday.

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