MARCH 19, 2017:


The Hockey News - - Buzz -

The Fly­ers and Hur­ri­canes went into this late-sea­son matchup des­per­ately need­ing a win. Tied at 72 points, both teams were seven back of the Maple Leafs for the fi­nal play­off spot and needed to all but run the table to have a shot at the post-sea­son.

It turned out to be a good game, with the Fly­ers tak­ing a 2-0 lead early in the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore the Hur­ri­canes pushed back to tie it. It stayed that way un­til a Jor­dan Staal goal mid­way through the third gave Carolina a 3-2 lead and a shot at a cru­cial road win.

But with the goalie pulled in the fi­nal minute, the Fly­ers tied it up on a fluke. Travis Konecny’s at­tempt at a cen­ter­ing pass got caught in the feet of Hur­ri­canes de­fense­man Brett Pesce, who ac­ci­den­tally kicked it into his own net. That sent the game to over­time, where Bray­den Schenn won it for Philadelphia less than 40 sec­onds in.

At the time, the loss seemed like one more blow to the Hur­ri­canes’ fad­ing play­off hopes. But it ended up be­ing some­thing more. If Carolina avoids Pesce’s ac­ci­den­tal own-goal and holds on for a reg­u­la­tion win, it fin­ishes the year with 88 points, pass­ing the Fly­ers for 19th spot. That would’ve made it a Hur­ri­canes logo that Bill Daly flipped over for the sec­ond over­all pick, the first lottery win in Carolina fran­chise his­tory.

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