The Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers battled last night in a close-checking, defensive battle, where the Flyers were able to sneak away with a 2-1 victory at the RBC Center. The Canes battled hard all night, a polar opposite of the game in Nashville on Saturday night. Chad LaRose did not play due to an injury sustained in practice on Monday, so the team called up Jerome Samson, the second-leading scorer for the Charlotte Checkers. Samson played like he wanted to stay, as he recorded the only goal for the Canes on the power play, was even, had 5 shots on goal and played 13:26 of ice time in the loss.
The first period was pretty even overall, with shots on goal favoring the Canes 11-9, but both Cam Ward and Sergei Bobrovsky made key saves at key times to keep the game scoreless heading into the first intermission. However, it would not take long for the Flyers to take advantage in the second period as Wayne Simmonds put a shot on Cam Ward and Brayden Schenn put the rebound in as he won the race to the net. With about 12:30 into the second period, recent call-up Jerome Samson took an interference call in the offensive zone as he tried to dump a puck into the corner and slip past Kimo Timonen. Head coach Kirk Muller kept Samson on the first power play unit after drawing the penalty and his decision paid off. The Canes won the face-off and Samson won a board battle, passed it to Justin Faulk and Faulk ripped a shot to the net, grabbed the rebound from that shot, shot another one towards the net and Samson cashed in on the rebound to tie the game at 1. Flyers and Canes were tied at 1 heading into the second intermission. The Flyers once again scored quickly as Sean Couturier placed a beautifully placed wrist shot past Cam Ward at 3:23 of the third period to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead. Both teams battled pretty evenly throughout the rest of the third period, with the Canes never being able to tie the game up.
- Jerome Samson had an amazing game, as noted. Hopefully he’ll be able to keep his spot and be placed in roles to shine.
- How close was this game? Shots were 37-36 Flyers, Face-offs were 52%/48% Canes and hits were 21-20 Canes. The Canes, however, did have 5 times as many giveaways as the Flyers did, having 10 compared to only 2 for Philadelphia. The Flyers also had 17 blocked shots while the Canes registered only 11.
- Tim Brent had the lowest ice time for the night at 6:20 and Tim Gleason led the way with 24:31.
- Jaroslav Spacek took a puck off of his face in the second period and left the game. There was no official word of his condition after the game, although Bob Harwood reported that it could be more of a minor injury.