Hurricanes Tie Up Flyers

Paul Maurice was planning to hold a practice for his Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. After the way his team played Saturday night against the Philadelphia Flyers, he changed his mind.

"It's probably as good a game as our defense has played," Maurice said after Carolina spoiled the Flyers' bid for a 4-0-0 start with a 1-1 tie.

Sami Kapanen scored his first goal of the season and goalie Arturs Irbe came up with his second consecutive impressive performance in relief of struggling Trevor Kidd.

Nonetheless, the Hurricanes stayed winless at 0-1-3.

"It would be nice to win one of these close games, but the important thing is nobody's pressing at this point," Carolina's Steve Chiasson said. "We're just trying to take what we can get and let things come to us. You don't want to press too much and risk giving away some of your defense. The goals are going to come."

In a game marked by plenty of close checking and hard hits, both teams were held to their lowest shot totals of the season - 19 for each team.

Glen Wesley led a strong defensive effort for the Hurricanes, who limited Philadelphia to 11 fewer shots than the Flyers' previous low. Carolina held Philadelphia to three shots in the third period and none in overtime.

"That was a heck of a game," Philadelphia's Colin Forbes said. "It was like playoff hockey."

Eric Lindros continued his torrid start, getting the Flyers' lone goal one night after he scored once and had two assists in a 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay. He has four goals and two assists.

"We're on the road and we got our point," Lindros said. "We would have liked to have had two points, but we'll settle for one. The other day we were getting some bounces our way, and today we couldn't find the puck. We're going to have games like that. We'll take our point and move on."

The Hurricanes broke a power-play scoring drought in the first period. Carolina opened the season by scoring on three of its first seven power-play chances, only to come up empty on its next 13 before converting during a two-man advantage seven minutes into the game.

Kapanen, who tied for the team lead with 26 goals last season, got his first of the new season when he took a feed from Ron Francis and fired a 40-footer that flew past John Vanbiesbrouck's left shoulder.

The Flyers tied it later in the period on a display of the strength and hustle of Lindros. He got crushed into the side boards so hard that his helmet got knocked off, but he shook off the check, hurried to the front of the crease and redirected Dan McGillis' 50-footer past Irbe.

The Flyers had just 10 shots over the final 45 minutes, but coach Roger Neilson had no complaints with the effort.

"We're doing little things right," he said, "So we're playing well so far. We're making sfer plays instead of gambling on big scoring plays."

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