Flyers @ Canes

11/05/2013 8:23 PM

11/05/2013 8:25 PM

The Canes and Flyers, both desperate for goals and for a victory, are scoreless after the first two periods as the two goalies have been the stars.

Both the Canes' Justin Peters and the Flyers' Steve Mason have 22 saves after the first 40 minutes.

The Canes began 61 seconds of a 5-on-3 power play with 28.3 seconds left in the second period. The Canes will go into the third with the 5 on 3 and fresh ice.

The play was more physical in the second period as the Canes' Jordan Staal caught the Flyers' Zac Rinaldo on the chin as he fought to get position in front of the net. Later, the Flyers' Scott Hartnell put a shoulder into the mouth of the Canes' Elias Lindholm at center ice, sending Lindholm to the dressing room for treatment.

Mason's final save of the first period came in the last two seconds of the period as the Canes' Pat Dwyer had a good look from beside the net.

Mason made the biggest stop of the opening period about midway through it, on a Flyers power play. After a Flyer turnover, the Canes had a two-on-one shorthanded rush and Nathan Gerbe's saucer pass set up Jordan Staal perfectly, but Mason flashed across the crease and got his stick handle on the puck.

The Flyers nearly scored shorthanded, as well, earlier in the period but Sean Couturier's attempt bounded off the far post. The Flyers had a 13-10 shooting edge in the first.

Peters made a nice glove save on a short by Kimmo Timonen with six minutes left in the first and appeared to be tracking the puck better than in the game Saturday against the New York Rangers.

The Flyers came into the game averaging 1.6 goals a game and were 29th in the NHL on the power play. The Canes were averaging 1.9 goals and had scored just four in first-period play this season.

Canes beat writer Chip Alexander

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