The Philadelphia Flyers skated their way into a tie for first place atop the Eastern Conference on Monday night with a 5-3 win over the struggling Hurricanes at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Carolina drew first blood in the opening frame on a shorthanded goal by Patrick Dwyer. Philadelphia tied it up at the 16:09 mark when Matt Read (assisted by Jakub Voracek and Chris Pronger) tipped it in to make it one apiece.
The Flyers needed less than three minutes to take the lead in the second stanza, as Claude Giroux (assisted by Jaromir Jagr) snapped one through from seven feet out. They would take the lead for good on a power play goal scored by Wayne Simmonds (assisted by Claude Giroux and Chris Pronger) whose deflection made it 4-1.
The Hurricanes' Tuomo Ruutu (assisted by Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Skinner) scored in the second period and Dwyer racked up another one in the third period, but it wasn't enough as Matt Read (assisted by Jakub Voracek and Chris Pronger) put the final nail in the coffin to make it 5-3 with less than four minutes to play.
Philadelphia improves to 10-4-3 with the win while Carolina drops to 6-9-3 in defeat.