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Ryan Murphy’s third period power play gave Carolina a 2-0 lead, as the Hurricane would hold off a late Flyers rally to beat Philadelphia 3-1.
Jordan Staal recorded a goal and an assist, while Brett Bellemore also scored for Carolina. Eric Staal, John-Michael Liles, Nathan Gerbe, and Ron Hainsey all recorded assists. Cam Ward stopped 27/28 Flyer shots. Carolina ended a two-game losing streak with their victory.
Sean Couturier scored the Flyers lone goal. Mark Streit and Claude Giroux were each credited with an assist. Ray Emery was strong in net for the Flyers, stopping 25/27 Hurricane shots. The loss ended a four-game home winning streak for Philadelphia
Brett Bellemore scored Carolina’s first goal in impressive fashion. The defenseman pinched deep, and as Eric Staal shot the puck from the point, Bellemore slid in front of Flyers goaltender Ray Emery to redirect the puck into the net for just his second goal of the season.
The first period would feature lots of up-and-down play, but the highlight came from the fists of Vincent Lecavalier. The little-used center, playing due to a plethora of injuries, dropped the gloves with Keegan Lowe.
The second period, similar to the first, featured little action, if not for another Lecavalier-Lowe fight. Lecavalier once again got the better of Lowe, but received extra penalties for instigation as well as a 10-minute misconduct.
The nail in the coffin for the Flyers came when Michael Del Zotto went to the box for a double minor via a high sticking penalty. Carolina would put the Flyers to bed with just over seven minutes remaining in the third period, as Ryan Murphy blasted a one-timer passed Emery.
Sean Couturier’s late goal, his 15th of the season, in the third period started a flurry of chances for the Orange and Black, but Carolina’s Cam Ward was up to the challenge, including a pad save on Claude Giroux with under one minute remaining.
Carolina iced the game with an empty net goal by Jordan Staal.
The Flyers finish their season Saturday afternoon versus the Ottawa Senators.
Thoughts and whatnot…
- If this is Ray Emery’s last game played as a Flyer, he went out like a champ. Emery is a good locker guy, but I don’t see him coming back.
- What a completely lackluster effort from the team tonight.
- Brandon Manning is going to be a good NHLer. Not a star, but consistent and dependable.
- Sean Couturier with a beautiful tip-in for his 15th goal. A career-high 15 goals.
- Vinny Lecavalier. That. Was. Awesome.
- Flyers finish the year 1-4 vs. Carolina. Ew. Yuck. Disgusting.