Flyers 3, Hurricanes 1
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ John LeClair and Danius Zubrus scored just 34 seconds apart in the second period to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday night.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Philadelphia and dampened Carolina’s playoff hopes. It also snapped a three-game winning streak for Carolina and was the first on the road in seven tries for Philadelphia.
LeClair also assisted on Shjon Podein’s goal at 16:14 of the third that sent Hurricane fans heading for the exits and avenged a 4-2 loss to Carolina one night before in Philadelphia.
Former Hurricane Sean Burke made 31 saves to improve his record to 2-1-0 since being acquired March 4 by the Flyers. He is 11-29-9 overall.
Trevor Kidd took the loss, even though Carolina outshot the Flyers 32-18.
Recently-acquired Ray Sheppard scored his 15th goal of the season and first for the Hurricanes at 6:34 of the third on a power play.
LeClair, who has scored 10 more goals on the road than at home this season, put Philadelphia up 1-0 with a power-play goal at 4:12 of the second. Streaking between the circles, LeClair took a feed from Rod Brind’Amour and knocked it inside the left post.
Zubrus then made Philadelphia’s lead 2-0 at 4:46 by picking a pass from Eric Desjardins off the boards and firing it from the far side of the right circle past a startled Kidd.
Carolina peppered Burke with 22 shots over the final two periods, but managed only to slip Sheppard’s power-play goal past their former teammate.
The Hurricanes now trail Ottawa by four points in the chase for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa tied Pittsburgh 1-1 Sunday.