By Mark Gallagher
Flyers fans got a look at their present and future in last night’s 5-3 win at Carolina.
Veteran captain Claude Giroux had two goals and two assists and Morgan Frost had a goal and an assist in his second NHL game, helping the Flyers stop a four-game slide. Ivan Provorov also scored, Travis Konecny had three assists and Kevin Hayes added an empty-netter with 5.7 seconds left.
Carolina had won four in a row. Lucas Wallmark tied it at 3 at 3:24 of the third period, Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and an assist 80 seconds apart in the first, and Sebastian Aho also scored.
Brian Elliott made 33 saves for the Flyers while Petr Mrazek stopped 18 shots for Carolina.
The Flyers’ line of Giroux, Frost and Konecny played a part in the first four goals. None was bigger than the tiebreaking play, with Frost slipping an across-the-crease pass to Giroux, who tapped it in with 8:44 remaining.
Elliott shut the Hurricanes down after that, stopping Nino Niederreiter from point-blank range with his pad with about 2½ minutes left and then keeping the puck out amid a scrum in front of the net with 1:15 remaining.
Carolina’s fourth line generated the tying goal early in the third, with Wallmark scoring off a slick behind-the-back pass from Brock McGinn.
That rally came in response to Philly digging out of an early two-goal deficit and taking a 3-2 lead at 2:51 of the second when Frost snapped a shot past Mrazek off a pass from Giroux — who also scored the Flyers’ first goal on a 4-on-4, and assisted on Provorov’s tying shot from the point.
The Hurricanes jumped on the Flyers early, with Teravainen a factor in both goals in the opening 5 minutes. His pass from the boards set up Aho’s shot from the slot that trickled between Elliott’s pads at 3:23, and Teravainen made it 2-0 with his shot from the circle at 4:43, giving him 18 points in 17 career games against the Flyers.