Biron stops penalty shot to anchor Flyers’ 5-1 win over Hurricanes

The Hurricanes could have moved into a playoff position in the Eastern Conference with a win, but instead the defending Stanley Cup champions are still on the outside of the cutoff line after their second loss in two nights.

The NHL-worst Flyers were all but eliminated from the postseason picture in November and entered on a four-game losing streak. But solid goaltending from Biron, two goals from Jeff Carter, and one each from Derian Hatcher, Mike Knuble and Braydon Coburn were enough for only their ninth home win this season.

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Ray Whitney scored his 30th goal for the Hurricanes, who have 84 points with five games left and trail Montreal and Tampa Bay by two points each for the final playoff spot. Montreal and Tampa Bay were both idle Wednesday night.