Call it a spin-o-rama, Skinner-rama or Skin-o-rama. Whatever you want to call it, Jeff Skinner's spinning score Monday night against the Philadelphia Flyers will be a YouTube staple for some time.
But if Skinner's score was a highlight of the 4-2 win at Wells Fargo Center, so was the Canes' power play as Alexei Ponikarovsky scored twice. So was the play of Chad LaRose, who had a goal and two assists.
And so was the play of Cam Ward in net. The Flyers got their share of shots (32) but it was as if Ward simply refused let his team lose the game.
But again, it was defense that came first. The Flyers didn't have Jaromir Jagr in the lineup but the Canes didn't let Claude Giroux dominate the game. They blocked 20 shots, a fourth of the blocks by Jay Harrison.
Harrison had 24:28 in ice time and defensive partner Justin Faulk 24:04, season highs for both. That led the blueliners against the Flyers as Harrison and Faulk both logged a team-high 3:26 in penalty-kill time.
Canes coach Paul Maurice said the defense was "really good" until the Canes got in some penalty trouble and some fatigue set in.
"Our overall team defense, while there's areas to improve, is markedly and decidedly better than it was a week ago," Maurice said.
Maurice, looking back to the 4-0 loss in Montreal last week, called the second period against the Canadiens "the worst hockey I've ever seen a team play."
"To come back and be able to flip a switch and as a group get 20 guys focused on one idea ... there's really good leadership in that room," Maurice said.
If there were concerns about Ward a week ago, after the Habs game, he's bounced back with solid efforts against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Flyers. Some of his saves were routine and some simply sensational, and he got a lot more work Monday than Sunday.
"We've made some changes in our game to play a little bit better defensively and I think that frustrated them," Ward said of the Flyers. "In the previous two games it was a little too easy for them. Tonight we put up a challenge and played really well."
As for Skinner's goal, cue the video. Suffice it to say he spun around Kimmo Timonen, leaving one of the league's best defensemen flatfooted, got off a shot and then poked in the rebound.
"Coming through the neutral zone, I didn't think I had any speed, so I tried to generate a little by turning it around," Skinner said.
With back-to-back wins, the Canes may be turning their season around. Next up: Montreal.