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Hurricanes vs. Flyers recap: Philadelphia ends 3-game losing streak on Saturday night


PHILADELPHIA -- Opening the 2013 season in less-than-stellar fashion, the Philadelphia Flyers (3-6-0) began a four-game homestand on Saturday night with a 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes (3-4-0).

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Flyers.

Entering the night with the 24th ranked power play in the NHL (12.5 percent), Philadelphia's first victory in a week was aided by a perfect performance with the man-advantage (3-3).

Defenseman Kurtis Foster (1) opened the scoring with a power play goal in the first, with forward Danny Briere (1) adding another extra-man goal later in the frame to give the team a 3-1 lead. Captain Claude Giroux (3) collected the third power play goal in the second period to put the team up 5-2.

The Flyers scoring was also supplemented with goals from defenseman Braydon Coburn (1) and forward Mike Knuble (1).

In addition, Philadelphia's penalty kill played a key role in the team's win.

Coming into the night ranked 26th in the league (72.2 percent), the other half of the Flyers' special teams managed to kill off five-of-six penalties taken. The lone power play goal against came in the third period, when Patrick Dwyer (2) pulled Carolina within two.

Hurricanes head coach Kirk Mueller elected to start Dan Ellis in goal instead of Cam Ward. This decision was likely due to Ellis' 33-save shutout against the Ottawa Senators on Friday night. Unfortunately, Ellis and the Hurricanes were unable to replicate the performance, as Ellis was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 12 shots (Ward also faced 12 shots and allowed one goal).

Philadelphia goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 39 of 42 shots faced and earned his third win of the season.

In addition to Dwyer, Joni Pitkanen (1) and Eric Staal (6) registered goals for the Hurricanes.

While Philadelphia's special teams managed to play above what they had to this point in the season, Carolina's continued to struggle. With the power play slightly improving with Dwyer's goal, the team's penalty kill dropped from 21st to 27th in the league ranking (69.7 percent).

The Hurricanes will be back in action on Monday night when they play the second game of a six-game road trip against the Toronto Maple Leafs (4-4-0). Philadelphia will continue their homestand on Tuesday night when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning (6-2-0).