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Eric Staal Extends Point Streak to Five Games in Losing Effort to the Philadelphia Flyers

February 3rd, 2013 at 7:20 PM
By Chris Warner

The Carolina Hurricanes lost 5-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers last night at the Wells Fargo Center, but they still received from positives from the game: captain Eric Staal extended his consecutive point streak to five games with a goal and an assist, and the Hurricanes' other two goals were scored by defenseman Joni Pitkanen and forward Patrick Dwyer.

'warmups: Joni Pitkanen' photo (c) 2011, Benjamin Reed - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Goaltending and ineffective special teams were the Achilles' heel for the Carolina Hurricanes as starting goaltender Dan Ellis let up four goals on 12 shots and was eventually replaced by CaW Ward early in the second period. The Carolina Hurricanes' struggles on the power play also continued as the team only went one of six on the man advantage. Flyers' starting goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov made a season-high 39 saves and played well in the third period, stopping 14 of 15 shots in the third period to preserve the lead and secure the win.

The Philadelphia Flyers got the scoring started with a power play goal by Kurtis Foster in the first period; Foster took a pass from Matt Read and beat Dan Ellis with a slapshot over the glove to give the Flyers the lead. The goal was Read's first of the season and was assisted by Sean Courturier. The Carolina Hurricanes would answer just over three minutes later with a goal from defenseman Joni Pitkanen. Captain Eric Staal made a couple of fancy stick-handling moves and then fired a centering pass across to a cutting Pitkanen, who fired a quick wrist shot past Bryzgalov to tie the game 1-1. The goal was Pitkanen's first of the season, and it came 8:47 into the first period.    

The Flyers would take a 3-1 lead late in the first period by scoring two goals in 58 seconds. Braydon Coburn scored his first goal of the season, and he was assisted by Jakub Voracek and Brayden Schenn; the Flyers' second goal came 58 seconds later on the powerplay when Ddanny Briere scored his frist of the season by beating Dan Ellis with a wrist shot. The goal was assisted by Claude Giroux and Kimo Timonen. 

The Hurricanes would cut the deficit to 3-2 before the end of the first period with a goal from Eric Staal. Great forechecking lead to Staal forcing a turnover deep in the Flyers' zone and beat Bryzgalov with a smooth backhand shot 15:58 into the first period. The goal was Staal's sixth of the season, and he was assisted by Jiri Tlusty. 

The Flyers would score their fourth goal of the game a mere 58 seconds into the second period with a wrap-around shot. The goal was the fourth surrendered by Hurricanes' starting goaltender Dan Ellis, which caused Kirk Muller to replace him with usual starter Cam Ward. While Ward would block 13 of 14 shots during his time in the game, the Flyers' would tally another power play goal 12:43 into the second to push the lead to 5-2. The goal was scored by captain Claude Giroux, his third of the season, and he was assisted by Kimo Timonen and Danny Briere. 

The Hurricanes would add one more goal in the third to cut the deficit to 5-3, but they were unable to convert on two consecutive minor penalties late in the third period. The Hurricanes' goal was scored on the power play by forward Patrick Dwyer, his second of the season, and he was assisted by Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal. 

The Carolina Hurricanes take to the ice again Monday night in Toronto against the Maple Leafs.

Tags: Cam Ward, Carolina, Carolina Hurricanes, Dan Ellis, Eric Staal, Hockey, Joni Pitkanen, NHL, Patrick Dwyer, Philadelphia Flyers

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