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Weal's OT goal lifts Flyers over Hurricanes, 2-1

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jordan Weal scored with 3.1 seconds left in overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Wayne Simmonds also scored to help the Flyers snap a four-game losing streak and earn two important points in the crowded Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference races.

Elias Lindholm scored a power-play goal for the Hurricanes, who have lost three in a row to fall to 2-3 on an eight-game homestand.

Brian Elliott, making his first start since missing four games with a lower-body injury, stopped 27 shots for the Flyers, who had gone 0-3-1 in a four-game stretch that followed a run of eight wins in nine games.

Cam Ward made 28 saves for Carolina, which had a great chance to win it in the final minute of OT when Jordan Staal couldn’t score into an open net and Claude Giroux laid out to block Jeff Skinner’s follow-up attempt.

Weal then ended it by snapping a shot from the circle past Ward.

Carolina’s defeat came two days after a 3-1 loss to San Jose that was punctuated by coach Bill Peters calling out his players for their “disappointing effort” and promising lineup changes. The only changes to the active roster: Forward Phil Di Giuseppe and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck were in, and forward Marcus Kruger and defenseman Haydn Fleury were scratched.

Lindholm put Carolina up 1-0 when he scored with 4:55 left in the first, with Nolan Patrick serving a double-minor for high-sticking. Lindholm parked in front of Elliott, took a feed from Teuvo Teravainen and stuffed in his rebound. Simmonds tied it with 3:17 remaining in the second when he muscled in a rebound from point-blank range.

NOTES: This was the first meeting of the season between the division rivals, who will play three times in the final five weeks. ... Lindholm’s goal was his first in eight games.

UP NEXT

Flyers: Play host to Montreal on Thursday night.

Hurricanes: Continue their eight-game homestand Friday night against Vancouver.


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