By Annie Ross
Brayden Schenn (above) scored 38 seconds into overtime to help the Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes yesterday at the Wells.
Sean Couturier powered to the net along the right side of the Hurricanes zone and put a shot on goal that Cam Ward stopped, but Schenn followed and scored on the rebound.
Travis Konecny tied the game with 42.9 seconds remaining in the third period, Provorov had a goal and two assists and Dale Weise scored for Philly.
The victory moved the Flyers (33-30-8) within five points of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with 11 games remaining.
“Me and [Couturier] picked up speed, [Provorov] head-man pass to him and a couple criss-crosses,” Schenn said of the game-winning goal. “[Couturier] beat his guy wide with speed and I was there to tap in the rebound.”
The Flyers begin a four-game road trip at the Winnipeg Jets tomorrow night.
“We have an extremely tough task ahead of us,” said Steve Mason, who made 19 saves. “We’re going to have to have our best game each and every night on this trip in order to keep the season alive here.”
Elias Lindholm had a goal and an assist for Carolina (30-27-13) and Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal scored. Ward made 40 saves.
Staal’s power-play goal at 11:49 of the third period gave the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead, capping a comeback after they trailed 2-0, but Konecny’s goal forced overtime.
“We’ve been in that position before and not been able to tie it up,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. “But to be able to get that goal to tie it up was a relief.”
Carolina, which started a four-game road trip, has points in seven straight games (5-0-2) and is six points behind the Maple Leafs with 12 games to play.
“Obviously it would have been nice to have two points here,” Lindholm said. “I think the other games we work our best to get the two points, and today we didn’t. It would have been nice today.”
The Flyers took a 1-0 lead on Provorov’s goal with 57.8 seconds remaining in the first period. Weise scored at 11:03 of the second.
Skinner banged in the carom of Noah Hanifin’s shot off the end boards at 12:37 of the second and Lindholm one-timed a feed from Phillip Di Giuseppe past Mason at 18:56 to tie the game 2-2.
The goal extended Lindholm’s NHL career-best point streak to seven games.
After Staal put the Hurricanes ahead, the Flyers were able to swing the momentum in the final minute of the third and take two important points on Schenn’s overtime goal.
“We needed a bounce back from the last game [a 6-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday], and that’s what we did tonight,” Provorov said. “We’ll go on the road trip with a good energy.”