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Flyers Blow Lead But Top Hurricanes in OT

Gostisbehere gets game winner in OT

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)


Rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere scored a power-play goal 24 seconds into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Monday.

The Flyers had a 2-0 lead after two periods, but the Hurricanes (7-10-4) got goals by Victor Rask and Brett Pesce in the third.

Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists, Brayden Schenn scored, and Michal Neuvirth made 31 saves for the Flyers (7-9-5), who ended a three-game losing streak (0-1-2).

Philadelphia ended its goal drought of 162:54 when Schenn scored on a power play at 10:20 of the second period. Giroux sent a cross-ice pass to Jakub Voracek in the right faceoff circle, and Voracek set up Schenn for a tap-in from the top of the crease.

Giroux scored a shorthanded goal 4:48 later to put the Flyers ahead 2-0, knocking in the rebound of a Sean Couturier shot on a 2-on-1 for his seventh goal.

Rask scored his sixth goal at 7:58 of the third period to pull the Hurricanes within a goal, and Pesce tied it when he banged home a rebound of Ron Hainsey’s point shot with 3:45 remaining.

Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack made 33 saves, including one against Schenn on a penalty shot with 2:54 left in the first period. Schenn got the chance after he was hooked from behind on a breakaway by Carolina rookie defenseman Noah Hanifin.

Couturier drew a penalty against Rask for holding 11 seconds into overtime to set up Gostisbehere’s winner.

After Giroux won a draw in the right faceoff circle, Gostisbehere raced to the blue line to keep the puck in the zone. After he and Voracek passed the puck back and forth, Gostisbehere moved it to the bottom of the left circle to Giroux, who returned it to Gostisbehere for a one-timer from between the hash marks that beat Rask to the glove side.

It was the Flyers’ first win at home since Oct. 24, when they defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in a shootout. They had lost the past six there (0-3-3).

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