By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
With only two games left its desperation time for the Flyers as they still need to secure a playoff spot. Brian Elliott will play his first game in nearly two months.
First period: The Flyers came out of the gate strong but the Canes struck first as Dahlbeck put a soft goal behind Elliott while the game was four-on-four. The new-look top line paid off as Raffl broke the ice for the Flyers, but there was no time to celebrate as Aho gave the Canes the lead just 14 seconds later as he ricocheted a puck off of Elliott’s back.
Second period: The Hurricanes were the more driven team for most of the second period, thought they couldn’t solve Elliott. Lehtera had a good period as he had multiple offensive chances, including ringing one off of the post. But it would be Provorov that tied things up as he crashed the net and buried a great Couturier pass.
Third period: The Hurricanes again come out with more energy but it is Giroux who put the Flyers on top. That didn’t last as Staal scored another soft goal on Elliott from the goal line. Voracek comes in clutch with a snipe past Darling which was enough to give the Flyers the win.
Takeaways: What an ugly game. All around this wasn’t pretty. Hopefully they can get it together and play some strong hockey in the playoffs (which they can make depending on the outcome of the Panthers game). This was a disaster in net as Elliott looked rusty and slow, but hopefully its just rust and he can shake it off vs the Rangers as the playoffs approach. Giroux now has 99 points on the season, he will look to hit the century mark for the first time on Saturday.
Three stars of the game:
3) Shayne Gostisbehere
2) Jake Voracek
1) Claude Giroux
CAR: Dahlbeck (Skinner, Ryan)
PHI: Raffl (Giroux)
CAR: Aho (Teravainen, Zykov)
PHI: Provorov (Couturier, Gostisbehere)
PHI: Giroux (Couturier, Gostisbehere)
CAR: Staal (McKeown, Williams)
PHI: Voracek (Patrick, Gudas)
photo credit: insidehockey.com