Canes Beat Flyers 4-2

Published on November 21st, 2011

Flyers Matt Read scores

by Mike del Tufo

Monday, November 21, 2011
The Philadelphia Flyers fell to the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 in a lethargic performance on home-ice.

The Flyers were missing two key defensemen for this game.  Chris Pronger and Braydon Coburn were surprise scratches.  Pronger due to a virus and Coburn because of an upper body injury.  Forward Jaromir Jagr also missed the game as he was still dealing with a lower body injury.

Cam Ward started in net for the Hurricanes and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:

Flyers defensemen pairings:

Kimmo Timonen had an excellent short-handed opportunity near the 6-minute mark of the 1st period but was stopped.  New call-up defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon had taken an interference minor for the Flyers prior to this.  Canes opened the scoring when Alexei Ponikarovsky banged it in at 13:42 on the power-play.  Jeff Skinner of the Canes then got around Timonen and scored at 19:45.  It was a nice individual effort by Skinner.  The Canes led the Flyers 2-0 after one period. 

The teams exchanged prime scoring opportunities in the 1st minute of the 2nd period.  Claude Giroux hit the post for the Flyers and Canes Eric Staal was stopped by Bryzgalov.  Each team would tally two goals each in this period.  For the Flyers, JVR scored at 1:34.  JVR also circled the net and found a wide-open Matt Read who buried it on the power-play at 12:24.  The Canes got goals from Chad Larose who snapped it in at 3:37 and Ponikarovsky who scored on the power-play at 18:33.  It was his 2nd of the game.

The Flyers played mostly flat in the 3rd period.  They had some chances but Ward was there to make the save.  There was no scoring in this period.  The Canes skated to a 4-2 win in Philly.

On the loss, Timonen said, “We were flat today.  I think from the start of the game to the end of the game.  It’s hard to tell why, but it’s one of those things, it happens even though you don’t want it to happen, it happens.  The better team won.  I don’t think they even played that good, but we were flat today, no energy, no jump.  I don’t think we created a lot of scoring chances.  It’s one of those games nobody felt really good before the game, and it showed.”

Matt Read extended his goal scoring streak to five games with his goal in this game.

The Flyers next game is Wednesday at New York vs. the Islanders.

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