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Gagne's overtime goal lifts Flyers to fifth straight win wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- 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 Flyers won their fifth straight game, 3-2 over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

"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."


  • 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.
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Unchecked in front of the net, Simon Gagne has plenty of time to shoot the puck for a goal. (Getty Images)
Unchecked in front of the net, Simon Gagne has plenty of time to shoot the puck for a goal. (Getty Images)
Carolina (4-1-3)11002
Philadelphia  (6-1-0) «10113
Three Stars
M. Biron

Saves: 42
Save Pct.: .955
S. Hartnell

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
E. Staal

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
05:12Simon Gagne (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Daniel Briere, Braydon Coburn
05:58Power Play - Eric Staal (6), Snap Shot. Assist: Jeff Hamilton, Cory Stillman
17:52Justin Williams (3), Tip-In. Assist: Cory Stillman, Rod Brind'Amour
01:32Power Play - Mike Richards (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Kimmo Timonen, R.J. Umberger
48.0Simon Gagne (4), Backhand Shot. Assist: Derian Hatcher, Daniel Briere
Penalty Summary
05:30Kukkonen, 2 min, Hooking
06:20Hedican, 2 min, Interference
04:10Jones, 2 min, Slashing
10:26Wesley, 2 min, Holding
11:25Knuble, 2 min, Hooking
19:38Williams, 2 min, Hooking
03:12Hedican, 2 min, Interference
06:34Biron, 2 min, Slashing
06:34Staal, 2 min, Slashing
17:41Carter, 2 min, Delay of Game
John Grahame 60:48273
Martin Biron 60:48422
Game Information
Attendance - 19615
Referees - Chris Lee, Dave Jackson
Linesmen - Ryan Galloway, Thor Nelson
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Pitt 2 Final
Wash 1
Atl 2 Final
TB 6
Edm 1 Final
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NJ 3 Final
Chi 6 Final
Tor 4
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