Hamilton's OT goal gives Hurricanes a 5-4 win over Flyers

Dougie Hamilton scored 1:56 into overtime on a shot between goalie Brian Elliott’s pads to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Warren Foegele, Jake Gardiner, Lucas Wallmark and Joel Edmundson scored for the Hurricanes, who bounced back from a two-goal, first-period deficit with four straight goals, then squandered a two-goal, second-period lead.

Carolina broke a two-game losing streak and improved to 3-2 on its seven-game homestand.

Travis Konecny, Michael Raffl, Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Travis Sanheim scored for Philadelphia, which lost its fourth straight and dropped five of six on a road trip that concluded Tuesday.

The Flyers' grueling travel schedule didn’t prevent them from getting off to a fast start. Konecny scored 37 seconds into the game on Philadelphia's first shot, which he squeezed between the blocker and the body of Carolina goalie James Reimer.

With 8:57 elapsed, Jake Voracek intercepted a pass by Hadn Fleury and found Raffl in front of the net for another score.

But after falling behind by two in the opening minutes for the second straight game, the Hurricanes struck back when Wallmark scored off the rebound of Brock McGinn's shot just 43 seconds after Raffl’s goal. Foegele evened the score at 2-2 later in the period when he lifted the puck high into the net off a cross-ice pass from Jordan Staal.

Defensemen Gardiner and Edmundson both beat Elliott with slap shots 1:45 apart into the second period as the Hurricanes took a 4-2 lead. Aube-Kubel cut it to 4-3 before the end of the period with a shot that Reimer fumbled between his glove and his arm after a turnover by Jaccob Slavin.

Philadelphia tied the score at 4-4 with 4:11 remaining in regulation when Sanheim skated unchecked from behind the net to the front and wristed a shot between Reimer’s pads.

Both goalies struggled. Reimer allowed two goals on shots that sneaked between an arm and his body. Elliott had difficulty controlling rebounds and gave up a pair of goals on slap shots by defensemen operating from the point area.


Both teams have struggled defensively over the past few weeks. Philadelphia has surrendered at least five goals in five of its last six games, including four in a row. Carolina has given up at least three goals in seven of its last eight games, averaging 4.1 goals against per game during that stretch. ... Voracek has two goals and 10 assists in his last 10 games. ... Wallmark has 10 points in his last 10 games (five goals, five assists) after recording 10 points in his first 33 games of the season.


Flyers: Host Washington on Wednesday to begin a three-game homestand.

Hurricanes: Meet Arizona on Friday as their homestand continues.


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