Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal in the second period as the visiting Carolina Hurricanes completed a sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers with a 4-3 victory on Saturday in the regular-season finale.
Staal joined Teuvo Teravainen in collecting a goal and assist for the Hurricanes (46-29-7, 99 points), who clinched the top wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference and will face Metropolitan Division champion Washington in the first round of the playoffs.
Warren Foegele and defenseman Justin Faulk scored for the second consecutive contest, Brock McGinn notched a pair of assists and Curtis McElhinney made 28 saves in the win.
Rookie Oskar Lindblom scored in his third straight contest, Sean Couturier recorded his career-high 33rd goal and Travis Konecny also tallied for the Flyers (37-37-8, 82 points), who have been outscored 25-10 during their five-game losing skid.
After Carolina claimed a 3-1 lead, Konecny skated through the slot and wired a low shot past a screened McElhinney to trim the deficit just 1:27 into the second. Couturier then forged a tie at 3 at 6:07 after deflecting Jakub Voracek’s blast from the point for a power-play goal.
The Hurricanes answered in short order, as defenseman Dougie Hamilton’s attempted pass from behind the goal line caromed off Couturier’s shin pads and into the slot. Staal alertly jumped on the loose puck and shoveled it past rookie Carter Hart (24 saves) to give Carolina a 4-3 lead at 7:33 of the second period.
The Hurricanes claimed a 2-0 lead midway into the first period after Foegele and Faulk took advantage of defensive breakdowns to deposit loose pucks in the slot past Hart.
Philadelphia answered with 5:41 remaining in the first period as defenseman Travis Sanheim skated in from along the right-wing boards before sending a feed to Lindblom, who deftly backhanded the puck past McElhinney.
The Flyers’ feel-good moment didn’t last long as Teravainen converted from the slot just 1:21 later for his 21st goal to give Carolina a 3-1 lead.
—Field Level Media