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Hurricanes come from behind to win in OT over Flyers

Mar 9, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA;  Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho (20) with right wing Andrei Svechnikov (37) against Philadelphia Flyers center Scott Laughton (21) and defenseman Justin Braun (61) during the third period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Sebastian Aho completed a hat trick 28 seconds into overtime to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-4 win against the host Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Aho stickhandled around defenseman Tony DeAngelo before scoring into the top left corner.

Carolina forced overtime when Martin Necas tied it 4-4 on the power play from the side of the net with less than a second remaining on the clock in the third period.

Necas and Brady Skjei each had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes (45-15-8, 96 points), who won for the second time in their past three games. Frederik Andersen made 29 saves.

Noah Cates, Tyson Foerster and Brendan Lemieux each had a goal and an assist, and Felix Sandstrom made 29 saves for the Flyers (25-32-12, 64 points), who have lost five of six.

Aho gave Carolina a 1-0 lead at 14:52 of the first period. Skjei rimmed the puck along the boards and Necas picked it up behind the net before dishing a quick feed to an uncovered Aho in the slot.

Skjei scored for a third straight game to double the lead, intercepting Wade Allison’s clearing attempt and firing a shot from the top of the left circle that beat Sandstrom far side to make it 2-0 at 16:51.

Foerster’s first NHL goal cut it to 2-1 at 4:56 of the second period. The 21-year-old, playing in his fifth NHL game, took a pass from Morgan Frost at the offensive blue line and held on before unleashing a wrist shot from the inner right circle.

Aho put the Hurricanes ahead 2-1 at 13:55 when he finished off a passing play with plenty of open space to score from the slot.

The Flyers’ power play connected for a second straight game to pull them within one at 18:18. On a 31-second 5-on-3 advantage, Cates cleaned up a rebound of a Foerster shot in front to make it 3-2.

Joel Farabee tied it 3-3 at 3:33 of the third period when he swept in an Owen Tippett shot stick side on Andersen. It was his second goal in as many games after a 26-game goal drought.

Lemieux put the Flyers in front 4-3 at 5:50. Frost intercepted Andersen’s rim attempt behind the net and quickly got the puck to Lemieux, who deposited it into the open net from in front.

–Field Level Media

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