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Tlusty's Third Period Goal Sends Hurricanes Past Flyers

Another slow start for the Flyers bit them in an unwelcoming place Wednesday night.

A shot from the point landed on the stick of Jiri Tlusty, and he put it past Steve Mason to give the Hurricanes the 3-2 lead and eventual win over the Flyers on Wednesday. It was the third time in as many games the Flyers dropped to the Hurricanes.

The game was a makeup from Tuesday, which was postponed due to the foot of snow Philadelphia got.

The Flyers found themselves off to another slow start against Carolina. They found themselves down 8-3 in shots and 1-0 on the scoreboard after the first period.

“Yeah, it’s not good," Wayne Simmonds said after the game. "It’s starting to bite us in the butt right now. It’s not the way you can play hockey, it’s not the way we should be playing hockey and it’s hurting us right now.”

Alexander Semin got the Hurricanes off to a 1-0 lead when he fired a laser of a wrist shot over the glove of Mason.

In the second period, the Hurricanes scored on a breakaway thanks to some fancy stick work from Nathan Gerbe.

Gerbe skated in alone on Mason, deked, and shot from between his legs to fool Mason. Mason was indeed fooled, and the puck hit off his shoulder and into the net to make it 2-0.

There was a lot of scrutiny over the same move when Tomas Hertl scored his fourth goal of the game on that move. Though the timing of that goal was more the question with the Sharks boasting a big lead in that game, Gerbe's goal was done in a tight game.

“It was just a skilled play, give him credit, nice move. Tough for the goalie, it changes the angle on every short shot, so… nice move,” Mason said.

"You see it more in the shootouts, when the guys don’t really have any back pressure on them to get a move on quickly, and he had a patient play there and give him credit,” he added on the next question.

The Flyers didn't wake up until the very end of the second. In the final minute, Michael Raffl pressured Hurricanes goalie Anton Khubodin behind the net, forcing Khubodin to turn the puck over in his own zone.

Claude Giroux got the puck, passed to Raffl whose shot was saved. Giroux, skating around the net, got the rebound and backhanded it off Khubodin and into the net to cut the lead, 2-1.

The Flyers used the momentum in the third to tie the game up. On the power play, Wayne Simmonds' initial shot was stopped by Khubodin, but the puck bounced to Hartnell who cashed in for his 12th on the season.

That was the only pressure Philadelphia got as it was out-shot 16-9 in the third period. Carolina's strong period allowed it to close out the game.

With six minutes, 10 seconds remaining in the game, Tlusty's rebound goal put Carolina up again. All the traffic in front of the net made it a difficult play to defend.

“Didn’t really see the point shot come through so I just had trouble controlling the rebound there, and Tlusty was right there to jump on the rebound,” he said.

Khubodin cruised through a quiet third period to hold off the Flyers.

The Flyers lacked energy most of the game. Whether it was due to the weather and not skating yesterday or it's just been a recent trend, it's a problem that needs to be fixed.

"I’m not making any excuses because it was what it was with the weather and everything, but you’ve got to have a lot more energy than that," coach Craig Berube said.

"I go back to the Islander game – we had a lot of energy in the first period and I thought we played a real good first period down there. It’s mental in my opinion. You’ve got to get through it.”

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John Russo
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