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April 13, 2014

Canes @ Flyers

The Carolina Hurricanes are facing the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday in the Canes’ final game of the season.

PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers decided to give rookie goalie Calvin Heeter his first NHL start Sunday, and the Canes made it a miserable first period for him.

But the Flyers then made things miserable for Canes goalie Anton Khudobin in the second, rallying from a 4-1 deficit to tie the score 4-4.

Jeff Skinner, Eric Staal and Manny Malhotra have scored as the Canes lead 3-1 after the first. Had Staal been able to convert a turnover in the final seconds, it could have been 4-1.

Staal did score 17 seconds into the second period, and it was 4-1. The Canes appeared to be on their way to an easy win.

But things changed quickly after defenseman Ron Hainsey sent Flyers forward Scott Harnell tumbling into Khudobin as Hartnell drove the net. The Flyers scored on the ensuring power play, Kimmo Timonen scoring on a shot from the point at 12 minutes of the second, and then scored again 10 seconds later.

Wayne Simmonds's 28th goal of the season made it a 4-3 game, and the Flyers tied it on a Sean Couturier breakaway at 15:32 of the second.

Skinner went top-shelf early in the game, blistering a shot past Heeter from the right circle, for his 32nd of the season and a 1-0 lead. Skinner topped his previous high of 31 goals set in 2010-2011, his rookie season.

Staal then picked up his 20th of the season on a shot from the left circle. Malhotra's goal, also on a shot from the left circle, was his seventh and first since scoring twice against Ottawa on Jan. 25.

Matt Read scored for the Flyers, going unchecked in the slot to beat Anton Khudobin. It was Read's 22nd of the season.

Staal picked off a pass in the slot with 20 seconds left in the first and had a point-blank shot, but Heeter responded with his best save of the period. But Staal beat him early in the second.

Flyers goalie Steve Mason was injured Saturday against Pittsburgh and Flyers coach Craig Berube opted to go with the 25-year-old Heeter than start Ray Emery. Heeter was recalled from the Adirondack Phantoms, where he has posted a 16-25-2

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