Manny Malhotra scores overtime winner

Manny Malhotra scored his first goal since March 2012, and it couldn't have come at a better time for the Carolina Hurricanes.

For 57 minutes the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes played what had to be one of the ugliest games of the season, failing to score a goal. It had more to do with inept offense than any sort of strong defensive play, and it seemed like it was going to be the first team to make a mistake.

And then everybody started making mistakes in what turned out to be a 2-1 Hurricanes win.

First, Carolina's Nathan Gerbe decided to jump Mark Streit in front of the net and earned a double-minor for roughing, giving the Flyers a power play. Scott Hartnell converted on that opportunity by deflecting in a shot from the point past Justin Peters.

Just as the Flyers appeared to be on their way to their second straight win, Niklas Grossman iced the puck at the worst possible time which helped lead to a game-tying goal by Carolina's Jordan Staal to send the game to overtime.

That's where Manny Malhotra did this.

Yeah. Manny Malhotra. The Hurricanes decided to give him a look a couple of weeks ago on a tryout contract and have tried to take advantage of his face-off skills and have used him almost exclusively on defensive zone draws. But on Tuesday he made his impact offensively, scoring his first goal at the NHL level since March 26, 2012.

Malhotra missed most of the 2012-13 season due to an eye injury.

More from SB Nation NHL:

NHL could change rules after Caps-Flyers brawl

The Sabres could be historically bad

College puck coverage at SBN College Hockey

The Goal: The rivalry between two high schools where hockey is life

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.