RALEIGH, N.C – Brandon Manning’s shorthanded goal broke a 3-3 tie in the third period and helped the Flyers snap a two-game losing skid with a 4-3 victory over the Hurricanes on Sunday at PNC Arena.
It was the Flyers' first shorthanded goal of the season.
The Flyers led early and had a 2-1 lead in the second period that fell apart as Carolina scored on a delayed penalty to tie, then took its first lead off a turnover by Ivan Provorov, but Claude Giroux tied the game again at 3-3 late in the period.
Shayne Gostisbehere and Radko Gudas also scored for the Flyers. It marked the first time since March 2010 that the Flyers had three defensemen score in the same game.
Michal Neuvirth picked up only his second win this season and his first season the season opener in Los Angeles. He had a mixed-bag game.
Giroux’s two points temporarily tied him with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid for the NHL scoring lead with 12 points.
Gudas' shot off the right boards inside the post gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead as their third power play expired. His last goal was March 24 of last season.
The game wasn’t even a minute old and Neuvirth had to make two terrific glove saves - one on Sebastian Aho and the other on Jeff Skinner. Neuvirth was distracted in pushing Lee Stempniak out of the paint to open the second period and, in doing so, wasn’t in position to stop Justin Faulk’s wrister under the crossbar that tied the game at 1-1. Neuvirth’s game was so-so. He needed to make stops in the second period and didn’t deliver.
Gostisbehere, who had a ghastly turnover on the Flyers' first power play, made amends with a goal on the second chance, a shot through traffic from the left point. It was just his second goal of the season and it gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead. That goal gave the Flyers their first lead at the first intermission all season long. Ghost now has seven career points against the Canes (four goals).
The 'Canes were 0 for 2 and Manning had his clutch shorthanded goal.
Jordan Staal came into play with 17 goals and 29 points in 52 career games against the Flyers. Staal had no points in Sunday's game.
Jeff Skinner had three points Friday night for the 'Canes against the Rangers and scored Sunday in the slot to make it a 2-2 game in the second period on a delayed penalty. He had two points in the game.
Injured: Forwards Scott Laughton (knee) and Michael Raffl (abdominal pull); defenseman Michael Del Zotto (knee). Healthy: forward Boyd Gordon and defenseman Nick Schultz.
The Flyers ended their six-game, nine-day marathon, but have yet another back-to-back coming up, starting with Detroit on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center and ending Thursday with a trip to Brooklyn to face the New York Islanders.