Flyers vs. Hurricanes-December 11, 2008- Phila, PA-Wachovia Center
Tonight is the 28th game of the year and 15th game at home for the Flyers, who are 7-4-3 at the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers are 10-1-3 in their last 14 games and have secured 23 out of a possible 28 points.
Philadelphia has seen three of its last four games go to overtime and four of its last six go past regulation play.
The Flyers are unbeaten in regulation in their last seven games at home, going 5-0-2. Philadelphia has had 13 of their 14 games at home decided by one goal, the only game that was decided by more than one goal was a 5-3 loss against Montreal on Oct. 13, in which an empty-net goal was scored in the final minute of play.
The Flyers have scored the game's first goal in 10 of their last 12 contests. Nine of the last 13 Flyers' goals have been scored on special teams (7PPG, 2SHG).
The Flyers and Hurricanes will face off for the fourth and final time in the regular season. This is also the fourth meeting in the last 16 days against Carolina.
The Flyers have a 2-0-1 record after posting wins on Nov. 26 (3-1) and Dec. 6 (2-1 OT), and dropping an overtime decision on Nov. 28 by a score of 3-2.
Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne lead the Flyers in the season series with four points (2G, 2A) each. Antero Niittymaki is 2-0-1 with a 0.97 GAA and .969 save percentage against Carolina this season.
Mike Richards has registered at least one point in each of his last five games, posting five goals and eight points, plus three multiple-point contests.
Niittymaki has posted a 4-1-0 record in his last five games, recording a 1.60 GAA and .944 save percentage.
Martin Biron has posted a 7-1-3 record in his last 11 games, recording a 2.51 GAA and .917 save percentage.
Carter has recorded at least one point in eight of his last 10 games, posting nine goals and four assists in that span.
Goaltenders- PHI-Antero Niittymaki CAR-Michael Leighton
Puck Drop: 7:08
Penalty: CAR-Bayda-Hooking(2:00), 1:55. PHI-Timonen-Tripping(2:00), 5:08. CAR-Staal-High Sticking(2:00), 8:26. PHI-Upshall-Roughing(2:00), 10:22. PHI-Hartnell-Fighting(5:00), CAR-Borer-Fighting(5:00), 16:23.
Goals: CAR-Staal(10), Assists-Ruutu(7), 1:01.
PP: PHI-0/2 CAR-0/2
PK: PHI-2/2 CAR-2/2
Shots: PHI-9 CAR-10
Notes: In one of the more sloppy performances I have seen this season from the Flyers, the Hurricanes scored the only goal at 1:01. A lot of penalties this opening period, and the fight with Hartnell and Borer was pure joy.
Hartnell busted Borer open above the left eye. The Flyers were not skating at all, they had two powerplays and did not get set-up once.
Glen Metropolit has less speed than I thought, he just could not skate past anybody while on the ice. The Flyers need to come out fast and rough if they want to come back in this game.
Penalty: CAR-Walker-High Sticking(2:00), 2:34. PHI-Carter-Tripping(2:00), 5:25. CAR-Rodney-Delay of Game(2:00), 5:25. CAR-LaRose-Holding(2:00), 7:39. PHI-Alberts-Roughing(2:00), PHI-Asham-Double Minor-Roughing/Instigating-(4:00).
Goals: CAR-Cullen(8), Assists-Williams(1), 2:10. PHI-Hartnell(9) PowerPlay, Assists-Carter(8), 9:17. CAR-Samsonov(4), Assists-Staal(8), 9:28. CAR-Pitkanen(2) Powerplay, Assists-Whitney(13), Brind’Amour(10), 12:08. CAR-Staal(11), Powerplay, Assists-Ruutu(9), Corvo(7), 15:13.
PP: PHI- 1/3 CAR- 1/3
PK: PHI- 2/3 CAR-3/4
Notes: I have never seen a worst called game by the zebras in my life. I don’t think its over yet, but that’s just me being optimistic. I think the refs screwed the Flyers, and it was so obvious that the NHL should look into this game. I have never heard Flyers play-by-play man Jim Jackson get so angry! We will see what the third brings.
Goals: PHI-Hartnell 2(8) Shorthanded, Assists-Alberts(6), Carter(9), 1:42. PHI- Hartnell 3(9), Assists-Lupul(6), Coburn(9), 7:12. PHI-Upshall(5), Assists-Kukkonen(2), Alberts(7), 15:08. PHI- Gagne(15), Assists-Knuble(8), Richards(20), 18:16.
PP: PHI-1/5 CAR-2/7
PK: PHI-5/7 CAR-5/6
Notes: In what appears to be a miraculous comeback, the Flyers came back and tied the game scoring four straight third period goals. The Flyers never gave up, and kept fighting and working hard. It finally paid off, as Hartnell netted his second and third goal to record a hat-trick. Upshall and Gagne followed up Hartnell to tie the game. Now, the Flyers will go into overtime again with the Canes.
Penalty: PHI-Metropolit-Bench Minor(2:00), 3:20
PP: PHI-1/5 CAR-2/8
PK: PHI-6/8 CAR-5/6
Total Shots: PHI-37 CAR-31
FLYERS WIN!! I TOLD YOU DON’T GIVE UP, FLYERS WIN!!!!!!!
Absolutely amazing! This team never gave up, and they deserved this game. They won this game despite the refs. Gagne and Richards score two beautiful goals in the shootout to WIN.
I’ll be back tomorrow with an article with quotes and everything. Goodnight from the WACH!