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Flyers find a power-play groove against Hurricanes

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PHILADELPHIA — The Flyers' floundering power-play units have contributed to their awful start, but Saturday night they were in the spotlight for another reason.

They couldn't miss.

The Flyers scored on all three of their power-play chances — getting goals from Kurtis Foster, Danny Briere and Claude Giroux — as they ended a three-game losing streak by defeating the Hurricanes, 5-3.

The Flyers, who won for just the third time in nine games, entered 5-for-40 on the power play.

"The power play, sometimes it clicks, and sometimes it doesn't," Giroux said. "It's just about making the right plays. When everybody on the ice knows what they're doing, it makes things easier."

Joni Pitkanen, Eric Staal and Patrick Dwyer had Carolina's goals.

"They executed a good power play, and they were moving the puck well, and they found the lanes to make the shots," Staal said. "For us, we just weren't sharp enough."

Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (39 saves) had another strong game for the Flyers, who were outshot 42-24, including 15-3 in the final period.

Coburn and Briere scored 58 seconds apart for a 3-1 lead in the first period. Coburn put one in after goalie Dan Ellis made a save on Jakub Voracek's breakaway shot. The rebound kicked out in front to Coburn, who slipped it into an open net.

Ellis, a former Lightning goalie, played in place of Cam Ward for the second time in as many nights. He made 33 saves in a 1-0 victory over Ottawa on Friday night.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each had a goal and two assists, and the Penguins picked up their first home victory this season, 5-1 over the Devils. Pittsburgh had been the only team that hadn't earned a point at home. New Jersey took its first loss in regulation. … Chris Bourque, son of Bruins great Ray Bourque, scored his first goal as a Bruin to help Boston edge the host Maple Leafs 1-0. … Mike Smith stopped 17 shots and the host Coyotes shut out the Stars 2-0. … Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson's ice time of 34:59 in a 4-2 win over the visiting Red Wings was the most in a regular-season game since Dan Boyle's 37:03 with the Lightning against the Bruins on Feb. 23, 2008, Elias Sports Bureau said.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Capitals defenseman John Erskine was suspended for three games for an elbow to the head of Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds in the first period Friday. Simmonds missed the rest of the game and is out indefinitely with a concussion, Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren said. … Stars forward Ray Whitney, one of the team's key offseason free-agent signings, is out four to six weeks with a broken foot.

at Flyers 3 2 0 5
Hurricanes 2 0 1 3

First Period1, Philadelphia, Foster 1 (Read, Couturier), 5:08 (pp). 2, Carolina, Pitkanen 1 (E.Staal), 8:47. 3, Philadelphia, Coburn 1 (Voracek, B.Schenn), 14:27. 4, Philadelphia, Briere 1 (Giroux, Timonen), 15:25 (pp). 5, Carolina, E.Staal 6 (Tlusty), 15:58. PenaltiesJokinen, Car (interference), 3:34; Harrison, Car, major (fighting), 9:08; Sestito, Phi, major (fighting), 9:08; Jokinen, Car (slashing), 14:39.

Second Period6, Philadelphia, Knuble 1 (Read), :52. 7, Philadelphia, Giroux 3 (Timonen, Briere), 12:43 (pp). PenaltiesTimonen, Phi (cross-checking), 9:26; Carolina bench, served by Dalpe (too many men), 12:24; Fedotenko, Phi (tripping), 12:57; Briere, Phi (slashing), 16:36.

Third Period8, Carolina, Dwyer 2 (J.Staal, McBain), 3:29 (pp). PenaltiesVoracek, Phi (tripping), 1:33; Coburn, Phi (interference), 9:23; Talbot, Phi (delay of game), 11:36; Tlusty, Car (goaltender interference), 18:36; Coburn, Phi (interference), 18:36. Shots on GoalCarolina 13-14-15—42. Philadelphia 11-10-3—24. Power-play opportunitiesCarolina 1 of 6; Philadelphia 3 of 3. GoaliesCarolina, Ellis 2-1-0 (12 shots-8 saves), Ward (0:52 second, 12-11). Philadelphia, Bryzgalov 3-5-0 (42-39).

at Blue Jackets 1 2 1 4
Red Wings 1 0 1 2
at Blue Jackets 1 2 1 4
Red Wings 1 0 1 2

First Period1, Detroit, Franzen 2 (Kronwall, Ericsson), 8:36. 2, Columbus, Wisniewski 2 (Tyutin, Brassard), 18:17 (pp). PenaltiesDorsett, Clm (tripping), 4:34; Kronwall, Det (interference), 11:15; Letestu, Clm (tripping), 14:27; Bertuzzi, Det (goaltender interference), 16:27; Huskins, Det (cross-checking), 19:51.

Second Period3, Columbus, Anisimov 3, 2:32. 4, Columbus, Anisimov 4 (Moore, Johnson), 17:18. PenaltiesBoll, Clm (elbowing), 10:53; Boll, Clm (charging), 18:39.

Third Period5, Columbus, Letestu 3 (Dubinsky, Tyutin), 13:25 (sh). 6, Detroit, Brunner 4 (Filppula), 19:33. PenaltiesUmberger, Clm (goaltender interference), 13:12. Shots on GoalDetroit 14-11-9—34. Columbus 12-9-7—28. Power-play opportunitiesDetroit 0 of 5; Columbus 1 of 3. GoaliesDetroit, Howard 4-3-1 (28 shots-24 saves). Columbus, Mason 1-3-0 (34-32).

Bruins 1 0 0 1
at Maple Leafs 0 0 0 0
Bruins 1 0 0 1
at Maple Leafs 0 0 0 0

First Period1, Boston, Bourque 1 (Kelly, Peverley), 8:54. PenaltiesMacDermid, Bos, major (fighting), 2:42; Fraser, Tor, major (fighting), 2:42; Kelly, Bos (hooking), 19:56.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesPhaneuf, Tor (delay of game), 11:48; MacDermid, Bos, major (fighting), 15:21; Fraser, Tor, major (fighting), 15:21.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesChara, Bos (roughing), 1:45; Komarov, Tor (boarding), 1:45; Seidenberg, Bos (interference), 11:24; Seguin, Bos (slashing), 17:35; Kostka, Tor (tripping), 19:27. Shots on GoalBoston 12-12-10—34. Toronto 7-7-7—21. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 0 of 2; Toronto 0 of 3. GoaliesBoston, Rask 5-1-1 (21 shots-21 saves). Toronto, Reimer 3-2-0 (34-33).

at Penguins 0 2 3 5
Devils 0 1 0 1
at Penguins 0 2 3 5
Devils 0 1 0 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesKovalchuk, NJ (slashing), 5:22; Crosby, Pit (tripping), 19:52.

Second Period1, Pittsburgh, Sutter 1 (Crosby, Malkin), 2:27. 2, Pittsburgh, Kunitz 2, 9:56. 3, NJ, Greene 1 (Zubrus, Carter), 12:23 (sh). PenaltiesElias, NJ (holding), 10:44.

Third Period4, Pittsburgh, Letang 2 (Kunitz, Malkin), 2:31. 5, Pittsburgh, Crosby 4 (Kunitz, Pa.Dupuis), 7:11. 6, Pittsburgh, Bortuzzo 1 (Crosby, Pa.Dupuis), 9:51. PenaltiesCarter, NJ (tripping), 13:20; Crosby, Pit (tripping), 17:54. Shots on GoalNJ 6-4-6—16. Pittsburgh 8-12-10—30. Power-play opportunitiesNJ 0 of 2; Pittsburgh 0 of 3. GoaliesNJ, Brodeur 3-1-2 (30 shots-25 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 3-2-0 (16-15).

at Avalanche 0 2 1 3
Oilers 1 0 0 1

First Period1, Edmonton, Yakupov 5 (Hemsky, Gagner), :58. PenaltiesFistric, Edm (interference), 6:32; Bordeleau, Col (goaltender interference), 9:42; Hartikainen, Edm (tripping), 15:23.

Second Period2, Colo, Parenteau 6 (McGinn, Wilson), 12:07. 3, Colo, McGinn 1 (Duchene), 15:36. PenaltiesBelanger, Edm (holding), 8:34; Lander, Edm (tripping), 10:04; van der Gulik, Col (hooking), 13:26.

Third Period4, Colo, Stastny 3 (Mitchell, Duchene), 18:50 (en). PenaltiesSmid, Edm (holding), 7:27; J.Schultz, Edm (holding), 13:09; Stastny, Col (face-off violation), 16:40. Shots on GoalEdmonton 7-11-8—26. Colo 13-13-14—40. Power-play opportunitiesEdmonton 0 of 3; Colo 0 of 6. GoaliesEdmonton, Dubnyk 4-3-1 (39 shots-37 saves). Colo, Varlamov 3-4-0 (26-25).

at Canadiens 1 3 2 6
Sabres 0 0 1 1
at Canadiens 1 3 2 6
Sabres 0 0 1 1

First Period1, Montreal, Bourque 2 (Gionta, Plekanec), 19:52 (pp). PenaltiesEnnis, Buf (tripping), 1:34; Desharnais, Mon (holding), 2:40; Vanek, Buf (hooking), 7:12; Foligno, Buf (hooking), 18:15.

Second Period2, Montreal, Gallagher 3 (Galchenyuk, Bouillon), 2:03. 3, Montreal, Desharnais 1 (Eller), 10:08. 4, Montreal, Eller 1 (Galchenyuk, Kaberle), 10:36. PenaltiesEmelin, Mon (tripping), 2:27; Ehrhoff, Buf (high-sticking), 6:35; Subban, Mon (hooking), 7:43; Eller, Mon (tripping), 15:30.

Third Period5, Montreal, Bourque 3 (Plekanec), 1:22. 6, Buffalo, Vanek 7 (Foligno), 3:01 (sh). 7, Montreal, Desharnais 2 (Eller, Subban), 12:43 (pp). PenaltiesOtt, Buf, served by Grigorenko, minor-major (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 1:23; Prust, Mon, major (fighting), 1:23; Pominville, Buf (goaltender interference), 7:08; Leopold, Buf (boarding), 7:34; Desharnais, Mon (holding stick), 7:38; Montreal bench, served by Galchenyuk (too many men), 8:32; Scott, Buf (roughing), 11:24. ShotsBuffalo 1-12-18—31. Montreal 15-6-11—32. PP opportunitiesBuffalo 0 of 6; Montreal 2 of 8. GoaliesBuffalo, Miller 3-3-1 (21 shots-17 saves), Enroth (0:00 third, 11-9). Montreal, Price 5-1-0 (31-30).

at Coyotes 0 1 1 2
Stars 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesRyder, Dal (high-sticking), 3:56; Fiddler, Dal (hooking), 10:30; Garbutt, Dal (high-sticking), 18:27; Vrbata, Pho (hooking), 19:08.

Second Period1, Phoenix, N.Johnson 3 (Korpikoski), 11:57. PenaltiesOleksiak, Dal (tripping), 2:22; Robidas, Dal (interference), 5:00; Morrow, Dal (roughing), 19:33; Michalek, Pho (high-sticking), 19:33.

Third Period2, Phoenix, Boedker 2 (Hanzal, Morris), 2:47 (pp). PenaltiesRyder, Dal (boarding), 1:48; Roussel, Dal (roughing), 17:16. Shots on GoalDallas 6-3-8—17. Phoenix 11-12-11—34. Power-play opportunitiesDallas 0 of 1; Phoenix 1 of 7. GoaliesDallas, Bachman 0-1-0 (34 shots-32 saves). Phoenix, M.Smith 1-2-1 (17-17).

Flyers find a power-play groove against Hurricanes 02/02/13 [Last modified: Sunday, February 3, 2013 12:15am]

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