Carter Leads Flyers To 4-2 Win Over Hurricanes

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeff Carter had two goals and an assist to lead the Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday for Philadelphia’s sixth straight home win.

Dan Carcillo and Chris Pronger also scored for Philadelphia and Ray Emery stopped 33 shots.

Despite outshooting the Flyers, Carolina remained winless against them in their past 14 meetings (0-11-3), while Philadelphia has won three in a row overall.

Eric Staal and Rod Brind’Amour scored for Carolina.

The Flyers are in the midst of their longest homestand of the year, with six games in 12 days at the Wachovia Center, and are 3-0-0 so far, outscoring opponents, 10-4.

Manny Legace, who gave starter Cam Ward a rest after 17 straight starts, lasted 6:36 before leaving the game with an injury. Legace stopped six of seven shots. Ward finished up by making 20 saves.

Carcillo stripped the puck from Joni Pitkanen at the blue line, then beat Legace with a forehand-to-backhand move at 3:05 into the first period, giving the Flyers the first goal scored in 14 of their past 15 games, including 12 in the first period.

Staal tied the game with 59.7 seconds left in the first, taking a cross-ice pass from Jussi Jokinen and firing a one-timer past Emery. It was only the fourth game in the past 15 that Philadelphia has allowed a first-period goal.

Pronger scored on a power play 14:11 into the second period before Carter had his first goal with just over four minutes remaining in the second.

Brind’Amour pulled the Hurricanes within 3-2 with a power-play goal 1:21 into the third period and nearly tied it, but Emery made a brilliant save in the closing minute of play. Carter then iced the game with an empty-net goal.

NOTES: Saturday marked the 10th anniversary of center Brind’Amour’s trade from Philadelphia, with Jean-Marc Pelletier, to Carolina for Keith Primeau. During his time with the Flyers, Brind’Amour played in a franchise-record 484 straight games. … The Flyers haven’t won six home games since winning eight straight from Dec. 9, 2008 to Jan. 10, 2009.

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