Oct 24, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe (14) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Hurricanes 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Nathan Gerbe's Highlight Goal Lifts Carolina Hurricanes Over The Philadelphia Flyers

Due to inclement weather on Tuesday, the Carolina Hurricanes took on the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia. The Carolina Hurricanes had a complete team effort, and they pulled out a big 3-2 win over the division rival Philadelphia Flyers

Scoring Summary

Alex Semin started the scoring after a hot start from the Carolina Hurricanes in period one. Eric Staal dug the puck out of the Canes end and rifled a pass up ice to Alex Semin. The Russian Olympian ripped a wicked wrister through a screen and past Steve Mason at 11:57 of period one. Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty got the assists.

The goal of the year for the Carolina Hurricanes came at 13:38 of the second period. Nathan Gerbe went between the legs to score on Steve Mason on the breakaway. It was an absolutely gorgeous goal. Gerbe’s 10th goal of the season made it 2-0 in favor of the Carolina Hurricanes.

A late second period surge from the Philadelphia Flyers cut the Carolina Hurricanes lead in half. Anton Khudobin turned over the puck as he went out of his crease to play the puck, and Claude Giroux ended up scoring short side on the Carolina hurricanes goalie.

A power play goal at 3:00 of period three from Scott Hartnell ties the game up at two. Wayne Simmonds was pounding away at the puck out front, but the puck rolled out to Hartnell in the slot and he charged in and snapped through the screen and past Anton Khudobin. The goal was assisted by Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux.

Jiri Tlusty gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-2 lead at 13:50 of the third period. Justin Faulk made a cross ice pass to Andrej Sekera along to blue line, and Sekera let a shot go from the point. Jiri Tlusty then put the rebound in the net past Steve Mason. The goal was assisted by Andrej Sekera and Justin Faulk.


Game Analysis 

The Carolina Hurricanes played a very solid game against the Philadelphia Flyers. They played a very hard game, and they earned the two points.

The Carolina Hurricanes had a terrific first period against the Flyers. The first ten minutes of the game was the Carolina Hurricanes best as they came out with a lot of passion and energy.

Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera had a great game. The Carolina Hurricanes top defensive pairing led the way and played a great two-way game for the Carolina Hurricanes. They were coming off an off night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but they had a marvelous game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Carolina Hurricanes top forward line also played very well. Eric Staal, Alex Semin, and Jiri Tlusty look a lot like last years dominate first line. They were excellent in Philly on Wednesday night. They played well in all three zones.

Nathan Gerbe’s second period goal was an absolute gem. That goal is up there for goal of the year across the NHL this season, and it is certainly the best goal that the Carolina Hurricanes have put up this year. If you have not seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it here.

Anton Khuodbin continues to stay strong. He allowed two goals, and he played very well. He made clutch saves late in the game, and he was a big difference maker. Anton Khuodbin has not had a bad game thus far with the Carolina Hurricanes, and that is still the case after the Carolina Hurricanes big win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Patrick Dwyer left the game in the third period due to an upper-body injury. Now other information has been released about the specifics or severity of his injury. Drayson Bowman is with the team, so he will be available tomorrow night, if needed.

The Carolina Hurricanes will play tomorrow night at 7 pm in New York as they take on the Buffalo Sabres. It will be a homecoming for former Sabres Nathan Gerbe and Andrej Sekera.


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