RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After squandering a third-period lead in a season-opening loss to Detroit, the Carolina Hurricanes were happy to be in a similar position against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
This time, they got the result they wanted.
Radek Dvorak scored the winner in the second period to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to their first win of the season, a 2-1 victory over the Flyers.
Jay Harrison also scored, Jeff Skinner added two assists and Anton Khudobin made 17 saves in his Hurricanes' debut.
"It definitely had the very same feel as the last game," Carolina's Jordan Staal said. "It was nice to get a different result with the tough ending to last time. It was nice to have a solid third period and do all the right things to get the win."
Luke Schenn had the goal for the Flyers, who have opened the season 0-3-0 for the second year in a row. Before last year, Philadelphia had lost its first three games only one other time in franchise history.
Steve Mason made 32 saves for the Flyers.
Philadelphia has scored only three goals in its three losses.
"I don't know if anything's missing — we're just having a tough time scoring goals," Schenn said. "No one's got that confidence or that swagger right now to score some goals. When you put the puck in the net, it makes everyone feel good around you. For whatever reason, we've had a hard time doing that."
The Hurricanes dominated large stretches of the opening period, taking advantage of a Philadelphia team that lost 4-1 at Montreal on Saturday night before traveling to Raleigh. For the period, Carolina outshot the Flyers 17-5.
Harrison opened the scoring with one of the Hurricanes' more benign opportunities, sneaking the puck through Mason's legs on a wrist shot from inside the blue line.
Philadelphia got that goal back 3:01 into the second period when Schenn skated around Carolina's Drayson Bowman and snapped the puck above Khudobin's left shoulder.
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