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Philadelphia
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22-48-12
Carolina
Hurricanes
40-34-8

19 SOG
42 SOG
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PHI
CAR
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Flyers 5, Hurricanes 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

David Droschak

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Flyers 5, Hurricanes 2
Philadelphia Flyers 5, Carolina Hurricanes 2

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David Droschak

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RALEIGH, N.C. (DEC. 31, 2006) - It was a fitting final few days to the halfway point of the 2006-07 season for the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes beat Anaheim, the best team in the Western Conference, on Friday night only to lose 5-2 to lowly Philadelphia on New Year's Eve despite outshooting the Flyers 42-19.

The Canes had an opportunity to go a season-best seven games over .500, but had to settle for a 21-16-4 mark for fifth best in the Eastern Conference. Not bad considering 150-man games lost to injury, a heavy road schedule and a poor start after winning the Stanley Cup.

"I'm looking forward to a New Year, to turn the page on this season," said Carolina coach Peter Laviolette, who watched the worst team in the Eastern Conference go up 4-1 in a span of 1:25 in the third period after a crazy bounce off the corner boards and a breakaway goal. "It would have been nice to get it done tonight, but it is almost fitting to the way the first 41 games went.

"Overall, through a lot of adversity, we put ourselves in a position in the standings where we're talking about catching Atlanta, catching Montreal and Buffalo. Those are in our sights in the second half of the season."

Ray Whitney scored Carolina's two goals and had a chance to pull the Canes to within 4-3 less than two minutes after he scored his second midway through the third, but Robert Esche made a shoulder save and covered the puck up as it bounced behind him and close to the goal line.

"That's just the way it seemed to bounce tonight," Laviolette said. "Their goal off the end boards was just a fluke. We had backdoor, open opportunities, half empty-net chances and things just didn't bounce our way."

"That would have been ice to get within one and still have some time left," added Whitney. "We put ourselves in a tough spot at that point."

The Hurricanes outshot the Flyers 18-3 in the second period, but allowed a goal with 12.9 seconds left to head into the third down 2-1. Cam Ward was hit in the crease by Peter Forsberg on the Philly goal, but no goalie interference was called.

"In my opinion he took him out," Laviolette said. "Based on the interpretations I was given last year the goaltender has to have every opportunity to make the play and he did not."

Ward argued the call, but to no avail.

"I'm not that kind of player, I'm not going to over exaggerate anything like maybe some others do," Ward said when asked if he would have gotten the call had he fallen down.

"The ref was telling me I was outside the crease and so was he. But he doesn't have to be in the crease to interfere with me."

Ward, who had his five-game winning streak snapped, was also disappointed by the crazy bounce that caught him off guard on a Philly dump in, leading to an easy goal and a 3-1 deficit.

"I've seen it a couple of times in this building in the same corner, but never has it cost us a game," Ward said. "It's one of those things you really can't control. It's out of your hands. It's an unfortunate break."

Whitney had tied the score at 1-1 midway through the period on the power play, corralling a bouncing puck from Eric Belanger and one-timing it past Robert Esche. However, the Canes managed just one goal despite five power plays in the period. Carolina won one goal review and lost another in a span of 16 seconds late in the first period to go down 1-0 after a period.

Mike Knuble batted a puck out of the air and past Ward, but referee Wes McCauley immediately waved off the goal, ruling that Knuble hit the puck with a high stick. After a long review, McCauley's call was held up by replay officials.

McCauley stopped play seconds later to review a shot by Simon Gagne that looked at first glance that it hit the crossbar and bounced up. However, a review of the play clearly showed the puck hitting camera inside the net as the Flyers took the early lead.

Whitney's two goals gave him 44 points, second-best on the team.

"From the time he came to training camp he has been consistent night in and night out," Laviolette said.

David Droschak is the former sports editor for the North Carolina bureaus of the Associated Press, the largest news-gathering organization in the world. In 2003, Droschak was named the North Carolina Sportswriter of the Year. The only writer in the Triangle to have covered the Carolina Hurricanes every season since the organization moved to North Carolina, he currently is a principal in the Raleigh-based public relations firm Hughes-Droschak Communications.

scoring summary
1st Period
18:37
PHI
Simon Gagne (20) ASST: Peter Forsberg (14)
1 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
11:11
CAR
PPG - Ray Whitney (15) ASST: Eric Belanger (8), David Tanabe (5)
1 - 1 Tie
19:47
PHI
Alexei Zhitnik (4) ASST: Todd Fedoruk (6), Peter Forsberg (15)
2 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
04:58
PHI
Ryan Potulny (2) ASST: Todd Fedoruk (7), Ben Eager (3)
3 - 1 PHI
06:23
PHI
Kyle Calder (4) ASST: Jeff Carter (7)
4 - 1 PHI
08:14
CAR
Ray Whitney (16) ASST: Eric Belanger (9), Rod Brind'Amour (32)
4 - 2 PHI
19:11
PHI
PPG - EN - Mike Knuble (15) ASST: Peter Forsberg (16)
5 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
00:20
PHI
Mike Knuble  Hooking against  Erik Cole
03:37
CAR
Erik Cole  Tripping against  Alexei Zhitnik
06:29
PHI
Kyle Calder  Holding against  David Tanabe
10:25
PHI
Randy Jones  Tripping against  Ray Whitney
13:15
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Roughing against  Andrew Hutchinson
17:22
PHI
Robert Esche  Delay of game
3rd Period
00:20
PHI
Mike Knuble  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
07:41
PHI
Mike Knuble  Holding against  Craig Adams
07:50
CAR
Justin Williams  Holding against  Kyle Calder
18:59
CAR
Erik Cole  Tripping against  Todd Fedoruk
19:11
CAR
Chad LaRose  Abuse of officials
19:34
CAR
Justin Williams  Charging against  Dimitri Afanasenkov
19:34
CAR
Niclas Wallin  Roughing against  Ben Eager
19:34
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Cross checking against  Justin Williams
19:34
PHI
Ben Eager  Roughing against  Niclas Wallin
goalie stats
Robert Esche
Robert Esche
SA: 42TOI: 60:00
Saves: 40EV: 33 - 34
PIM: 2PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .952SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
SA: 18TOI: 59:01
Saves: 14EV: 14 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .778SH: 0 - 0