The game meant nothing. But the Flyers didn’t care.
The 82nd game of the season needed a shootout to decide who got two points and when all was said and done, it was the Hurricanes, completing a series sweep with a 6-5 win Sunday.
Philadelphia trailed 4-1 early but rallied in the second period to score three straight goals to tie the game at four goals-apiece. And then after a Hurricanes strike in the waning moments of the third made it 5-4 Carolina, Wayne Simmonds scored with ten seconds left to tie the game at five and send things to overtime.
Cal Heeter was in net for the Flyers, giving rest to the injured Steve Mason and to Ray Emery with the playoffs set to start next week.
The Flyers will play two games in New York against the Rangers before playing two at home in the opening round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs.