The Carolina Hurricanes' Patrick Dwyer had a pair of shorthanded goals, the second on a penalty shot early in the third period, Monday against the Philadelphia Flyers.
As Canes coach Paul Maurice said, two shorties in a game usually are "good enough to get you there."
But not against the Flyers. Claude Giroux had two goals and an assist, just missing a hat trick, and Sergei Bobrovsky made enough saves as the Flyers held on for a 5-3 victory at the RBC Center.
"It's nice to get 'em. I knew I wasn't going to go all year without scoring," Dwyer said of his first two goals of the season. "It would be nice to get a 'W,' too."
Dwyer, who scored his first "shortie" with less than a second to play in the first period, picked up the penalty-shot "shortie" with 15:24 left in regulation for the Canes (6-9-3). But Matt Read's goal in the final four minutes clinched it for the Flyers (10-4-3).
Dwyer, who had the first two-goal game of his career, was the first Hurricanes player to score two shorthanded goals in game since Justin Williams on April 7, 2006.
"Just constant energy, constant motion," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said of Giroux, who has 11 goals this season. "A desire, a passion to win those one-on-one battles to get space, to get the room, to beat somebody. It's amazing to watch him."
Giroux rifled a shot past Cam Ward at 2:45 of the second to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead. Giroux got off another shot that got past Ward -- and ended the game for the Canes goalie -- but Wayne Simmonds was ruled to have touched the puck and got the goal.
Tuomo Ruutu scored for the Canes in the second to trim the Flyers' lead to 4-2. Jeff Skinner, playing his 100th career game, passed to Jussi Jokinen, who got the puck back to Ruutu in the right circle for the goal. It was Ruutu's third goal in the last two games.
With Brian Boucher steady in net, the Canes began to make a move. Dwyer's penalty shot, the Canes' first successful one this season, made it 4-3 at 4:36 of the third.
"The guys have confidence in Brian coming off the bench or starting a game," Maurice said.
The Canes were trailing the Flyers 2-0 late in the first period and the Flyers on a power play. Advantage, Flyers?
It didn't turn out that way. The Canes' Patrick Dwyer knocked the puck away from James van Riemsdyk near the blue line, then scored on a two-on-one pass from Eric Staal for a shorthanded score.
Dwyer's first goal of the season came with nine-tenths of a second remaining in the period, giving the Canes a needed boost going into the intermission break after the Flyers had controlled play much of the period.
Giroux scored just 1:19 into the game for the Flyers, zipping up the middle of the ice, taking a crisp pass from Jaromir Jagr and beating Ward for his 10th of the season.
"Through the middle of the ice and I think that set us back a good five or six minutes," Maurice said. "Our gap was not good.
Max Talbot then made it 2-0 at 8:50 after Jakub Voracek took the puck away from Jamie McBain behind the Carolina net as McBain tried to reverse it to Bryan Allen. Voracek centered to Talbot for a quick shot.
About two minutes later, the Flyers had another two-on-one rush. Sean Couturier was looking at an open net, but Ward snared the shot with his glove to rob Couturier of a goal and keep it 2-0.
With two minutes remaining in the period, Brandon Sutter gave Staal a perfect centering pass from behind the net-- similar to Voracek's pass to Talbot -- but Bobrovsky stopped Staal's shot.
Ruutu was called for slashing with 1:09 left in the first, and Ward stopped a few whacks by Simmonds in front. Then, Dwyer struck.