Pesce’s overtime goal leads Hurricanes to Flyers
Although they weren’t at their best, the tired Carolina Hurricanes were good enough to pull off another win.
Brett Pesce scored 4 minutes and 42 seconds into overtime, Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist and the Metropolitan Division-leading Hurricanes beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Monday.
Nino Niederreiter and Teuvo Teravainen also scored for the Hurricanes, who won their third straight game while playing their third game in four days.
“It wasn’t a great game for us, but you’re not going to have great games every night,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We just didn’t have it, you can tell. The fact that they found a way anyway says a lot about our guys.
The game appeared to be heading for a shootout as the five-minute 3-on-3 session expired before Trocheck’s 2-on-1 pass was caught by Pesce, who fired high on Martin Jones for his fourth of the season.
“It’s a good feeling for sure,” Pesce said.
Hurricanes goaltender Frederik Andersen made 38 saves, including a superb save late in overtime on Cam Atkinson.
“Surprised? No. But grateful? Absolutely,” Carolina’s Jaccob Slavin said. “It’s good to have him back.”
Gerry Mayhew, Patrick Brown and Oskar Lindblom scored goals for the Flyers. Philadelphia, playing its second game of a club-record eight home games, lost its fifth in a row and 18th in the last 20.
It was the second straight loss to a top Eastern Conference team in a row, following Thursday’s 5-3 loss to Washington in which Philadelphia allowed three goals in the 3:51 final. .
“I think it’s been like that lately,” Lindblom said. “Some games we played well and we have a chance to win, but we find a way to lose somehow. Played pretty well, but we have to find a way to win. That’s the only thing that matters in this sport.”
Trocheck scored his 14th goal of the season with 12:45 left in regulation on a backhand from close range to put the Hurricanes ahead 3-2. The Flyers tied the game at 3 with 4:53 left in the third when Travis Konecny’s shot deflected off Lindblom’s skate and past Andersen.
Brown, in his first game since Jan. 8 with a knee injury, made it 2-2 with 14:41 left in the third. Isaac Ratcliffe set up the goal with a wraparound pass to one side of the crease to Brown.
The Canes only managed two shots in a lackluster first period. But the game was scoreless as the Flyers couldn’t convert any of their 11 shots.
“We were terrible at the start,” Brind’Amour said. “You could tell we didn’t have a lot of energy, a lot of juice, but these guys are digging.”
Carolina got back to their game in the second period – and had a bit of luck to start. Jesper Fast sent a backhand down the boards into the back of the net, but the puck came off the side boards into the front of the net.
Niederreiter was there on his own and pushed the puck for his 15th of the season to give the Canes a 1-0 lead after just 24 seconds of play.
Philadelphia got its own chance by tying the contest just 35 seconds later when Mayhew’s pass attempt to the crease deflected off Carolina’s Sebastian Aho stick and past Andersen. It was the third goal in two games for Mayhew, who is in the lineup due to a litany of injuries from the Flyers.
Teravainen extended his scoring streak to six straight games with 7:47 left in the period when he finished from close range after a good pass from Andrei Svechnikov. Aho earned his team-leading 53rd point with an assist on the play.
Hurricanes: D Brendan Smith was with the team but did not play. Smith took a puck to his ear in the first period of Sunday’s 4-3 win at Pittsburgh that required a trip to the hospital. Brind’Amour said before the game that Smith is day-to-day and will be evaluated further when the team returns to Carolina on Tuesday. … Tony DeAngelo suffered an upper-body injury in the second period and did not return.
Flyers: G Carter Hart was ruled out on game day with an eye infection. … Dr. Rasmus Ristolainen returned to the roster after a three-game absence with an upper-body injury.
Hurricanes: Host Columbus Friday night.
Flyers: Host St. Louis Tuesday night.
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