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Flyers 4, Hurricanes 2

December 24, 1997

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Defenseman Eric Desjardins had a goal and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers extended their unbeaten streak to eight games with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Shjon Podein, Chris Gratton and Rod Brind’Amour also had goals for the Flyers (6-0-2). They made it easy for Ron Hextall, who faced only three shots in the second period en route to 21 saves.

Gary Roberts and Nelson Emerson scored for the Hurricanes, who whose fourth straight loss also was their sixth in seven games.

Carolina is 3-12-1 on the road this season, and winless in its last 10 games against the Flyers.

Hextall, now 11-3-4, made his best save late in the first period when he poked away Roberts’ attempt from the crease on a breakaway.

Colin Forbes keyed the Flyers to a 2-0 first period lead. He stole the puck at the blueline from Keith Primeau and fed Desjardins, who lifted the puck over Sean Burke’s right shoulder at 1:11.

Podein cut across the crease and tipped in Forbes’ slap shot from the slot at 13:08. Roberts got one back for the Hurricanes 12 seconds later, banking a shot off Hextall’s pads to complete a give-and-go with Primeau.

Gratton made it 3-1 at 13:12 of the second period when he picked up a loose puck near the left boards and stuffed it through Burke’s stick side from left of the net.

Emerson scored from the right circle to pull the Hurricanes to 3-2 with 47 seconds left in the game, but Desjardins fed Brind’Amour, who hit an empty net from the slot with seven seconds remaining.

Philadelphia narrowly missed a goal late in the first period, when Janne Niinimaa’s shot hit the right post.

Philadelphia defenseman Petr Svoboda strained his left hamstring in the first period and did not return to the game.

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