|Brind'Amour nets shootout winner in Hurricanes' 6-5 victory over Flyers|
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|Saturday, 15 December 2007 18:08|
Brind'Amour's goal came after teammates Matt Cullen and Jeffrey Hamilton traded tallies in the tiebreaker with Philadelphia's Mike Richards and Joffrey Lupul.
Niclas Wallin, who also had an assist, Cullen, Eric Staal, and Trevor Letowski scored in regulation for the Southeast Division leaders, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Cory Stillman, who leads the Hurricanes with 16 goals, was helped off the ice after he injured a knee during a collision with Philadelphia defenseman Derian Hatcher at 15:02 of the first period. He didn't return.
Lupul scored three goals - his second hat trick in three games - and Scott Hartnell and Danny Briere also scored for the Flyers, who have won only one of eight home games (1-5-2) since opening the season 6-0 in Philadelphia.
Lupul also had a hat trick in an 8-2 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Carolina backup John Grahame made 36 saves and held off the Flyers late in the second period when he turned away a flurry of shots during back-to-back power plays. Marty Biron stopped 29 shots for Philadelphia.
Lupul scored unassisted at 9:33 of the first period after blocking a shot by Dennis Seidenberg deep in the Flyers' zone and skating the length of the ice.
Wallin figured in the goals that put the Hurricanes ahead 2-1 after the first period.
After flipping in a rebound of a shot by Erik Cole at 13:49, his slap shot was redirected in by Walker at 15:21. It was Wallin's first goal in 36 games, dating to last March 9 when he scored at Washington.
Cullen made it 3-1 by deflecting a shot by Craig Adams high over Biron at 2:17 of the second period.
The Flyers then scored twice on scrambles in front within a span of 2:04. Hartnell found the net at 5:28 and Lupul adding his second goal at 7:32 to tie it 3-3.
Staal put the Hurricanes back in front with a one-timer from the right circle at 13:20. Briere made it 4-4 just 30 seconds into the third period, scoring into an open net after taking a backhand pass from Hartnell.
After Letowski scored at 6:17, Lupul got the Flyers even again, this time at 5, with a power-play goal during a wild scramble at 11:46.
Notes: Carolina D Mike Commodore (finger) and D Frantisek Kaberle (healthy) were scratched. ... Hatcher returned to the Flyers lineup after missing two games (knee). ... Philadelphia had won all three previous games with the Hurricanes.