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Philadelphia at Carolina

Gagne's two goals sends Flyers to longest win streak in four years

CBSSports.com wire reports
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- An exhausted Matt Carle headed for Philadelphia's bench, but none of his teammates noticed. So he stayed on the ice and wound up scoring the goal that gave his team its longest winning streak in four years.

The Flyers won their sixth straight Wednesday night, beating the slumping Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 behind two goals and an assist from Simon Gagne.

Carle scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period to propell the Flyers to their first six-game winning streak since Oct. 30-Nov. 12, 2005.

Not that the defenseman -- who entered with a team-leading 53 blocked shots -- was thinking about uncorking a shot of his own. Something else was on his mind.

"I was trying to get a change. I was gassed," Carle said.

The decisive sequence was started by Gagne after a Carolina turnover led to an odd-man rush during a 4-on-4 play. He slipped the puck to Carle during Philadelphia's 3-on-1 break, and the defenseman put the Flyers up 2-1 by beating Cam Ward high to his glove side for his second goal.

"The puck got turned over, and I tried to see if I could get in the play," Carle said. "Simon made a good play, and the goalie was out of position, and I jut tried to get the shot off as quick as possible."

Antero Niittymaki made 27 saves for the streaky Flyers, who opened the season with six consecutive losses and now have won six straight for the first time since Oct. 30-Nov. 12, 2005.

"Party time? I don't know about that," defenseman Luca Sbisa said. "For sure, it's great to be on a winning streak instead of being on a losing streak. We didn't have a pretty good start to the season. ... Now we're sitting in the other boat."

Chad LaRose scored for the third straight game, and Ward made 24 saves for Carolina before he was pulled with 1:45 left for an extra attacker. The Hurricanes held a 28-27 advantage in shots despite putting just one puck on net in the first period, yet lost their third straight and sixth in nine games.

"We played the first period like a game of pond hockey," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said.

Gagne gave Philadelphia an early lead six minutes in, taking advantage when four Carolina players surrounded the puck in front of Ward in an attempt to clear it. When it clicked off a skate and slipped Gagne's way, he chipped it in from the right side of the net.

"You can throw film out the window -- I think execution and energy and heart and downright gritty work (are) where you're going to get it done," LaRose said. "Sometimes there (are) lulls during the game, and sometimes that costs you games."

Gagne then capped his big night by beating the final buzzer and scoring into an empty net for his 13th goal. He has five goals and 11 assists during his nine-game point streak.

Carolina -- booed during the first intermission after its early offensive futility -- tied it 1-all roughly two minutes into the second when LaRose wristed a shot off Niittymaki's pads and sneaked the rebound through the goalie's legs for his seventh of the season.

"It's not good that they scored, but it is good that something happened," Niittymaki said. "I needed to wake up my body a little bit. I felt good, even though they scored right away. I started feeling better."

Notes

  • Carolina RW Scott Walker left in the second period with a lower-body injury suffered when he was hooked by Flyers D Andrew Alberts.
  • The Hurricanes activated D Frantisek Kaberle (broken leg) from the injured list, but he wound up scratched and he missed his 19th straight game.
  • Carolina fell behind 1-0 for the eighth straight game.
  • The teams meet three more times in the next 15 days.
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Simon Gagne skates away after chipping the puck past Cam Ward from outside the crease. (Getty Images)
Simon Gagne skates away after chipping the puck past Cam Ward from outside the crease. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Philadelphia  (11-6-4) «1023
Carolina (11-10-2)0101
Three Stars
S. Gagne
PHI


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
M. Carle
PHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
L. Sbisa
PHI


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:52Simon Gagne (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Carter, Hartnell
2ND PERIOD
01:52Chad LaRose (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Cullen, Corvo
3RD PERIOD
02:05Matt Carle (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Gagne, Sbisa
19:59Simon Gagne (13), Empty Net. Assist: Coburn
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:02Brookbank, 5 min, Fighting
02:02Gratton, 5 min, Fighting
03:45Pitkanen, 2 min, High-Sticking
10:13Coburn, 2 min, Hooking
15:20Alberts, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
05:09Carle, 2 min, Interference
13:19Cullen, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
16:38Richards, 2 min, Hooking
20:00Brind'Amour, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
20:00Richards, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
3RD PERIOD
24.0Upshall, 2 min, High-Sticking
37.0Staal, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Philadelphia791127
Carolina1161128
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Antero Niittymaki59:57271
Cam Ward58:20242
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Philadelphia0-for-3
Carolina0-for-5
Game Information
Attendance - 15057
Referees - Bill McCreary, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen - Steve Barton, Pierre Champoux
 
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