PHILADELPHIA – Jiri Tlusty scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.
Nathan Gerbe had a highlight-worthy goal and Alexander Semin also scored for Carolina, which improved to 3-0 against Philadelphia this season.
Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell scored for the Flyers, who lost for just the second time at home in their past 14 games.
Tlusty beat Flyers goalie Steve Mason from close range high to the glove side with 6:10 remaining in the game
The game originally was scheduled for Tuesday but was postponed due to the snowstorm that hit Philadelphia and much of the Northeast. As a result, Carolina also moved its home game against Ottawa from Friday to Saturday in order to avoid playing on three straight nights.
The Hurricanes play tonight at Buffalo.
Tuesday’s postponement marked the first time in Flyers history that a home game was postponed due to weather. Philadelphia had to postpone a home game on March 13, 1993, due to arena issues at the Spectrum.
Semin opened the scoring for Carolina with just more than eight minutes remaining in the first period when he fired a wrist shot over Mason’s glove hand into the top shelf.
Neither team generated much offense in the opening period, as the Hurricanes outshot Philadelphia, 8-3.
Each team scored once in the second period, with Gerbe putting the Hurricanes up 2-0 with a breakaway goal with 6:22 to go in the period. Gerbe benefited from a mistake by Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn, who misplayed a pass back to the point and couldn’t recover when the speedy Gerbe snuck behind him.
He put the puck through his legs and wristed it past Mason with his hands in an awkward position on a goal that surely will be played countless times on the nightly highlight shows.
Philadelphia scored with 35 seconds to play in the second when Giroux scored from a tough angle when his backhander ricocheted off the chest of Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin and into the goal.
And the Flyers tied it just 3 minutes into the third period on Hartnell’s power-play goal. Giroux took the initial shot from the top of the left circle and Wayne Simmonds failed on the rebound attempt. But the puck caromed off Khudobin and to Hartnell, who scored from point-blank range.
Mason had struggled in his last four games, with a 4.55 goals-against average, but brought a strong career record against Carolina into Wednesday’s contest.
Mason entered 5-1-1 with a 1.85 GAA against the Hurricanes. He finished with 29 saves.
Carolina hadn’t won three straight against Philadelphia since a six-game winning streak that ended April 15, 1992, when they were the Hartford Whalers.