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fall one point back,Carolina Hurricanes take one step forward

he was back to spinning acceptable into excellence. Was the Carolina Hurricanes' effort better Tuesday night? Sure. But it was a low bar to clear.,adidas Blake Wheeler jersey,Forty-eight hours after Bill Peters spoke the truth about his team

Some of this team's problems go beyond effort. You're not going to make the playoffs scoring seven goals in the first five games of an eight-game homestand – only four at even strength. You're not going to make it dominating overtime only to miss a golden chance at one end (Jordan Staal) and give up a soft goal along the ice with 3.1 seconds to play (Cam Ward) at the other end for a 2-1 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

But Peters said he was happy with what he called a “real good” effort that saw the Hurricanes muster a pathetic two shots on goal in a third period when both teams sat back and played for the guaranteed loser point. It's one thing for the Flyers to do that on the road. To be that passive at home, in the desperate straits this team is in,Authentic Dustin Byfuglien jersey, was an inadvertent and ironic mirror of Ron Francis' management style.

drew in for Marcus Kruger while Klas Dahlbeck was an upgrade over Haydn Fleury and Elias Lindholm moved to center,You may remember that Peters said after Sunday's disaster, among other things,adidas Michael Hutchinson jersey, that “we can’t put that group out again after that. It’s unacceptable.” He was right about that. Then he went ahead and put essentially the same group out again after that. Phil Di Giuseppe, who still hasn't scored in 14 months, but 16 of the 18 skaters were the same.

then Peters was full of phony bluster. Something's off here.,The impasse raises interesting questions about the relationship between Peters and Francis at this point. Peters demanded changes and mentioned there were some young players tearing it up in the AHL. (There are.) But there were no roster changes of any kind and Peters seemed resigned to that fate Monday. (If Josh Jooris couldn't get into the lineup under these circumstances, the message came back stamped “return to sender.” If they're on the same page, what's the point in not putting him on waivers and getting a look at someone in Charlotte?) If Peters was trying to send a message to his general manager Sunday

The dressing room, not with these stakes against the competition for what is essentially the fifth playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division. And not everyone was better, seemed to get the message – which is good, at least, since a lack of response to such public humiliation would have been … even more humiliating. Among Sunday's passengers, and the Hurricanes were certainly better overall. Lindholm's power-play goal was a just reward for his performance in the middle. Given Sunday's effort level was rated roughly “hot garbage,” just about anything would have been an improvement. This was progress, Lindholm and Justin Faulk were both more effective Tuesday, especially the Noah Hanifin-Trevor van Riemsdyk pairing, not vindication – not at home, which was embarrassed on the Flyers’ first goal.

For all that, bereft, the game – or the bonus point, anyway – turned on one sequence in the final 40 seconds of overtime. The Hurricanes had dominated overtime to no avail, an open look from the slot. Flyers goalie Brian Elliott got a piece of it, and Staal had maybe the best chance of all, but Claude Giroux knocked it out of midair before it could cross the goal line. Staal, said afterward he thought it might have been going wide anyway. Then Giroux dove back in front of the net to deny Skinner on the rebound.

but it certainly hurt more this way.,Giroux's will would end up being the difference for the Flyers. The puck went the other way and Jordan Weal beat Ward – who was otherwise terrific,Authentic Philipp Grubauer jersey, the result was probably inevitable at that point, especially when short-handed – with a harmless-looking unscreened shot from in front. Given Ward's record in shootouts

Hoffman's tally was the only goal among 12 players in the shootout and lifted the Ottawa Senators to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Anderson made 33 saves in regulation in overtime before six Flyers tried and failed to score against him in the shootout.

" Anderson said. "And they miss the net on the second one — you need a little bit of luck sometimes with those. I've been in there where you can't stop anything,"Yeah,Authentic Blake Wheeler jersey, I think tonight was one of those nights where you're just feeling pretty good with the shootout, being patient, not moving too much,adidas Patrik Laine jersey, so every night is something new."

but Nolan Patrick tied it with 2.6 seconds left in the third period to force overtime.,The Senators looked like they had the game won in regulation

Neither team scored in the 3-on-3 5-minute period and neither looked like it was going to score in the shootout, either. After six Flyers shooters and five Senators missed,Authentic Michael Hutchinson jersey, Hoffman finally connected with a pretty move that beat Michal Neuvirth and sent Ottawa to consecutive victories for the first time since Jan. 5-6.

Hoffman got Neuvirth to bite on his forehand fake and then reached back with just his right hand on the stick for the winning goal.

"There are moves that work," Hoffman said. "Some don't. If you don't try them, you never know."

Matt Duchene and Chris DiDomenico scored in regulation and Ryan Dzingel had a pair of assists for Ottawa. Craig Anderson made 33 saves for the Senators.,Derick Brassard

which lost its fourth straight to hurt its playoff position. The Flyers began play clinging to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but just a point ahead of the Rangers and Islanders.,adidas Connor Hellebuyck jersey,Sean Couturier and Scott Laughton also scored in regulation for Philadelphia

"It's an important point that we earned in the third period, but I don't think it leaves any satisfaction for us," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said.

The Senators entered with the third-fewest points in the NHL and tied for the least road wins with six but managed to take advantage of Philadelphia and its tenuous goalie situation.

Hakstol elected to start rookie Alex Lyon for the second consecutive contest. Lyon made his first career start in Thursday's 4-3 loss at New Jersey.,With top goaltender Brian Elliott (lower body) sidelined for the fourth straight game

something he hadn't conveyed to Hakstol beforehand.,Elliott's regular backup, adidas Philipp Grubauer jersey,had started Wednesday's 5-3 loss in Washington before being pulled for Lyon. Neuvirth may have landed in Hakstol's doghouse after the game by saying he was ill, Neuvirth

" he said.,Authentic Patrik Laine jersey,"(Neuvirth) was available if needed and I thought that was the right time to make a change for our team

Laughton's tip of Brandon Manning's slap shot with 5:45 left in the third pulled the Flyers within a goal. And Patrick knotted the game at 3 on a rebound after Craig Anderson stopped Shayne Gostisbehere's slap shot from the point.

The Senators scored a pair of first-period goals to take a 2-0 lead.

Duchene opened the scoring when he deked around Laughton and roofed over Lyon's glove with 9:07 left in the period. Brassard followed 39 seconds later when he poked home his 13th of the season.

Couturier ended a six-game goal drought with his 27th of the season, extending his career high,adidas Dustin Byfuglien jersey, 3:53 into the second period to get the Flyers on the board.

Ottawa went ahead by two again with 6:58 left in the second when DiDomenico finished a 2-on-1 break after an assist from Dzingel. The odd-man rush started when Claude Giroux slipped just over the blue line in the Flyers zone.

but the goal was disallowed after a coach's challenge determined Ottawa was offside on the play.,The Senators appeared to go in front three goals with 2.9 seconds left in the second when Brassard beat Lyon for a second time

But the celebrations were largely peaceful. In fact, more people (six) were arrested during postgame disturbances at the University of Massachusetts Amherst than in Philadelphia (four, although that number is expected to climb).

"The knucklehead contingent was extremely small," Mayor Kenney said Tuesday during a news conference about Thursday's parade, which is expected to draw millions to the city. "The media focuses obviously on the negative."

"and they lost. So in the grand scheme of things and I'm by no means trying to justify it but I'm just being honest,"As regrettable as it is, it could have been far worse. In New England they had their own thing," Police Commissioner Richard Ross said, referring to the UMass Amherst event," he said to laughs.

including protests that erupted over police shootings across the country and to President Trump's election.,Ross said last week that the Police Department has operated with a similar approach to other large-scale events

and you have to have somewhere for people to go.","After a while you do have to relinquish the street," Ross said. "You're going to create more havoc trying to (stop them),Authentic Connor Hellebuyck jersey, provided people are being peaceful

Ross said so many people were crowding the streets Sunday that officers couldn't always get to troublemakers in time. A couple of small street fires including the burning of a Christmas tree on Broad were reported.,At Tuesday's news conference

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