Wayne Simmonds notched his first career hat trick and added an assist Saturday as the Philadelphia Flyers rolled past the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 at PNC Arena.
Simmonds scored twice in the second period as the Flyers moved ahead 3-2. Early in the third, his shortside shot squeezed under Justin Peters' pad for the third one, bringing a few caps and hats onto the ice.
"The guys went out and played hard," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "We threw a lot of pucks at the net."
The Flyers were eliminated from the playoff mix on Friday but Laviolette said the Flyers (20-22-3) played through the disappointment.
"We have to finish the season. We need to play every game and make it count, make it matter."
Eric Staal pulled the Canes within 4-3 with his 18th of the season, off the rebound of a Jiri Tlusty shot. A few minutes later, the Canes' Tuomo Ruutu got off a shot that hit the post.
Simmonds then blocked a shot by Marc-Andre Bergeron, the puck bouncing out to Matt Read for a breakaway. Read's goal pushed the Flyers' lead to 5-3.
"I think it was the first game in a long time that I was disappointed with the effort and commitment from our guys," Canes coach Kirk Muller said. "We've been praising them for a while and they've been going hard and playing hard and not getting the results. But tonight I was disappointed some of the guys did not compete at the level we want them to. They outworked us tonight."
The Flyers had 19 shots in the first period and outshot the Canes 38-29. The Flyers attempted 68 shots in all -- 20 were blocked and 10 missed the net.
Justin Faulk had a second-period goal and Jeff Skinner scored in the first period for the Canes (17-24-3), now 2-15-2 in their last 19 games.
Faulk's goal, at 7:19 of the second, tied the score 2-2 and came with the Canes' fourth line on the ice and forechecking aggressively. Kevin Westgarth, who leaped to keep the puck in the zone, picked up an assist on Faulk's goal for his first point of the season.
Simmonds gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead 1:54 into the second, catching the Canes in a poor line change. Bergeron was unable to check Simmonds as Read picked up the assist.
Faulk scored on a shot from the point, with Nicolas Blanchard screening goalie Steve Mason, for his fifth goal of the season.
"He's really getting better and better since that (knee) injury," Muller said. "Each game he's getting stronger and stronger and getting more comfortable and doing a lot of good things out there. He is finishing out the season on a good, strong note."
But Simmonds soon jumped off the bench on a Flyers line change, skated in unchecked and ripped a shot from the right circle at 8:33.
Skinner, after missing the Winnipeg game Thursday, scored his 13th of the season at 13:18 of the first. The Flyers' Danny Briere attempted a pass off the boards under pressure from defenseman Tim Gleason. Skinner was in the left circle and gave the puck a golf-club whack to beat Mason.
Skinner has scored three goals in his last four games, but was held out of the Winnipeg game Thursday after taking a big hit from Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen on Tuesday in Ottawa. Skinner returned to Raleigh on Wednesday for further medical evaluation but it was determined he did not suffer a concussion.
The Flyers controlled the first 10 minutes of the game, peppering Canes goalie Justin Peters with shots.
Jakub Voracek nearly scored 14 seconds into the game, skating in for a shot but having the puck stop inches short of the goal line. Voracek then scored seven minutes into the game, taking a stretch pass from Claude Giroux for a breakaway.
Peters made a nice stop on a Flyers power play a few minutes later, then got his left pad on a shot by Scott Hartnell with 2:22 left in the period as the Flyers outshot the Canes 18-8 in the period.
Peters made his seventh straight start in net for the Canes.
Both teams are in the final throes of their season, no longer in the playoff conversation.
The Flyers had dropped five the past seven games before Saturday. The Canes are 1-1-1 in the past three games after ending a seven-game losing streak last week with a 4-2 win over Boston.
Canes defenseman Justin Faulk played his 100th career game.