Welcome to Around the Net, a bi-weekly look through linkage at the Philadelphia Flyers and other news from around the NHL. Today we look ahead to the Flyers-Rangers matchup in the first round and the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs as well.
The Flyers celebrate after scoring in the second period of their 6-5 loss to the Hurricanes. The Flyers and Rangers open their first-round playoff series on Thursday.(Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography)
The Flyers 6-5 loss in a shootout to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday hardly mattered.
Half of the regular lineup didn't play in the Flyers first chance to rest up for the playoffs. A rookie goalie made his debut and it featured traidtional ups-and-downs.
Usually Morning After is about the game that was just played. But instead of looking back, we're looking forward. The playoffs are upon us and the Flyers run to the Stanley Cup will be underway in a couple days.
An epic second-period comeback was not enough to give the Flyers a win in their last regular-season game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon. Matt Read, Kimmo Timonen, Sean Couturier, and Wayne Simmonds (2) all scored for the Flyers, while Jeff Skinner (2), Eric Staal (2), and Manny Malhotra scored for Carolina. Skinner’s shootout goal propelled the Hurricanes to a 6-5 victory. Cal Heeter made his NHL debut for Philadelphia and stopped 32 of 38 shots, while Anton Khudobin stopped 39 of 44.
Carolina Hurricanes (35-35-11) @ Philadelphia Flyers (42-30-9), 3:00pm, CSN-Philly/SPSO
Although Game 82 doesn't mean much to the Philadelphia Flyers this season, there are still a few things to watch for in their tilt today against the Carolina Hurricanes. With a few Adirondack Phantoms taking part in their first NHL game this season, the Orange and Black can finish the regular season with a win before they travel up to New York for their playoff series against the Rangers.