Flyers Cruise Past 'Canes

The Philadelphia Flyers didn't take long to rebound from their loss to the New Jersey Devils.

Eric Lindros, Eric Desjardins and Sandy McCarthy scored second-period goals to lead Philadelphia to a 4-1 victory Thursday night over the Carolina Hurricanes.

"We needed this game after losing in New Jersey (2-1 on Tuesday)," Desjardins said. "That is why we wanted to play a hard-checking game."

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  • Mark Recchi added an open net goal with 45.1 seconds left for the Flyers, who are 9-2-1 after going winless in their first six games (0-5-1) of the season.

    "We did a good job tonight," said Philadelphia coach Roger Neilson. "We kept our discipline and didn't give them odd-man rushes. It was a good, solid effort."

    Valeri Zelepukin, John LeClair and Daymond Langkow added two assists for the Flyers. LeClair has 10 points in his last five games.

    Bates Battaglia scored the only goal for the Hurricanes, who have dropped two straight but still have the best road record (5-4-3) in the Eastern Conference.

    "We had a hard time just getting to the net," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "They did a good job physically, especially down low on our team. We had a couple of minor chances and a couple of good ones, too, but they didn't give us a whole lot."

    Ron Francis had an assist for Carolina, moving him past Gordie Howe into fifth place on the NHL career list with 1,050.

    "Hopefully, that's the last one for a while since they seem to keep coming in losing efforts," Francis said. "But it's obviously nice to pass a guy like Gordie Howe with everything he's done on and off the ice for the game of hockey. It's quite an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence with him."

    Battaglia put the Hurricanes ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal at 6:03 of the first period, tipping the puck off the left skate of Philadelphia goaltender Brian Boucher from right of the crease.

    The Flyers pulled even one minute into the second period when Lindros one-handed a shot from the doorstep that skidded past the outstretched glove of Carolina goaltender Arturs Irbe.

    With Philadelphia on a power play, Lindros fed Desjardins with a cross-ice pass and the Flyers' defenseman one-timed the puck past Irbe's glove side at 11:10.

    Zelepukin, playing his 500th NHL game, triggered Philadelphia's third goal of the period. He picked up a lose puck deep in the Flyers' zone and fed Daymond Langkow, who found McCarthy for a wrist shot off Irbe's pads at 15:10.

    Boucher, a rookie making only his third start of the year, made 10 saves as Philadelphia outshot the Hurricanes 37-11, Carolina's lowest shot total of the season.

    Philadelphia defenseman Chris Therien received eight stitches in his chin after being hit with a puck off the stick of Carolina's Sami Kapanen early in the second period. He returned to play in the third period.

    The Hurricanes, who have the fewest penalties in the NHL, were assessed 10 minutes in penalties against the Flyers.

    Irbe had blanked the Flyers 2-0 in Philadelphia on Oct. 7 in the teams' only previous meeting.

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