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Game Recap

Flyers 3, Hurricanes 2, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 3, Hurricanes 2, OT
Carolina Hurricanes 2, Philadelphia Flyers 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Simon Gagne is thoroughly enjoying the Philadelphia Flyers' longest winning streak in nearly two years.

Gagne scored his second goal of the game 48 seconds into overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers won their fifth straight game, 3-2 over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

"It's always fun when you get the winning goal," said Gagne. "There's no better feeling than when you see the puck crossing the red line and you know that's made the difference at the end. You get two points and you win the game."

Mike Richards also scored for the Flyers, who won their fourth straight at home. The Flyers had not won five straight games since Dec. 22-29, 2005.

"To think we'd be 6-1 at this point, I don't think anybody expected that," said Flyers coach John Stevens.

Justin Willliams and Eric Staal scored for the Hurricanes, who had their three-game winning streak snapped by Pittsburgh on Friday night.

"It's a terrible way to end it," said Williams. "Back to back overtime losses, which make it three on the year, and we've only played eight on nine games. We've got to find ways to win these overtime games."

Gagne stopped a pass from Derian Hatcher with his skate, then snapped the game-winner into the net. It was his 400th career point.

Williams, an ex-Flyer who leads the Hurricanes with 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists), gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead with 2:08 left in the second period. He deflected Cory Stillman's shot from near the boards between the pads of goalie Martin Biron.

Richards pulled the Flyers even at 2-2 a minute and a half into the third period with a slapshot from the top of the right circle on a power play.

Gagne put the Flyers ahead 5:12 into the first period. Danny Briere tipped Braydon Coburn's pass to Gagne, who flipped it past Carolina goaltender John Grahame.

Staal made it 1-1 with a power play goal 46 seconds later, lifting the puck into the net from left of the crease after taking a cross-ice pass from Jeffrey Hamilton.

Staal's goal snapped Biron's shutout streak at 143 minutes and 20 seconds, dating back to a 3-1 win over the Islanders on Oct. 13.

Biron, who has started all seven Flyers games, had blanked Atlanta and New Jersey, both 4-0, in his previous two starts.

Biron was almost as sharp on Saturday, stopping 40 of 42 Carolina shots while improving his record to 6-1. Grahame had 28 saves.

"We want to show teams that we can come back," said Biron. "It's tough in this league to win when you're down after two periods. It's something that we take pride in doing."

Notes: The Hurricanes completed a six-game road trip with a 3-1-2 record. ... Carolina LW Erik Cole was scratched because of a foot injury. ... The Flyers had stopped 13 straight power plays at home before Staal's first period goal. ... Staal leads the Hurricanes with six goals.

scoring summary
1st Period
Simon Gagne (3) ASST: Daniel Briere (6), Braydon Coburn (2)
1 - 0 PHI
PPG - Eric Staal (6) ASST: Jeff Hamilton (5), Cory Stillman (4)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
Justin Williams (3) ASST: Cory Stillman (5), Rod Brind'Amour (8)
2 - 1 CAR
3rd Period
PPG - Mike Richards (5) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (4), R.J. Umberger (3)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
Simon Gagne (4) ASST: Derian Hatcher (2), Daniel Briere (7)
3 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
Lasse Kukkonen  Hooking against  Eric Staal
Bret Hedican  Interference against  Scott Hartnell
2nd Period
Randy Jones  Slashing against  Eric Staal
Glen Wesley  Holding against  R.J. Umberger
Mike Knuble  Hooking against  Ray Whitney
Justin Williams  Hooking against  Daniel Briere
3rd Period
Bret Hedican  Interference against  R.J. Umberger
Martin Biron  Slashing against  Eric Staal
Eric Staal  Slashing against  Martin Biron
Jeff Carter  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
OT Period
goalie stats
John Grahame
John Grahame
SA: 30TOI: 60:48
Saves: 27EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 44TOI: 60:48
Saves: 42EV: 37 - 38
PIM: 2PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .955SH: 0 - 0