RALEIGH, N.C. – Jeff Carter’s NHL-leading 19th goal 3:34 into overtime lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Carter won a faceoff in the Carolina zone against Rod Brind’Amour, pivoted around him, and beat goalie Michael Leighton from the right side.
The Hurricanes outshot the Flyers 36-31, but Antero Niittymaki was solid for Philadelphia, which played overtime for the fourth time in five games.
The Flyers took a 1-0 lead less than four minutes in on Mike Richards’ 11th goal.
Richards took a pass from Simon Gagne and beat Leighton for the Flyers’ 11th short-handed goal this season. The Hurricanes fell behind 1-0 for the 12th consecutive game and eighth straight time at home.
Sergei Samsonov tied it with 19:05 remaining in regulation, but the Hurricanes dropped their fifth straight at home and second consecutive since Paul Maurice replaced fired coach Peter Laviolette on Wednesday.
The Flyers, 8-2-1 in their past 11 games, improved to 12-1-4 when scoring first.
Samsonov took a pass from Ray Whitney and scored a rare power-play goal for the Hurricanes. Carolina entered second to last in the NHL in power-play success, and the Hurricanes failed on their first four chances before Samsonov scored.
The Flyers had 14 shots to the Hurricanes’ 13 midway through the second period, but that was deceiving. In the first period, Philadelphia blocked 11 shots.
Leighton, making his second consecutive start in place of injured regular Cam Ward, made 29 saves.