Kochetkov returns for Hurricanes, blanks Flyers 1-0
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Pyotr Kochetkov returned from the minor leagues and made 19 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 on Thursday night.
Andrei Svechnikov scored an early power-play goal and that was enough for the Hurricanes, who’ve won four games in a row and nine of their last 11.
Carolina has back-to-back home shutouts and hasn’t allowed a goal in three of its last four games at home.
Kochetkov was recalled from Chicago of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis for his first NHL action since Jan. 15 after goalie Antti Raanta suffered an injury Tuesday night at Montreal.
Kochetkov was rarely tested, seeing only 13 shots in the first two periods combined. He was up to the challenge to stop Joel Farabee’s second-period breakaway.
Philadelphia's Felix Sandstrom was a hard-luck loser with 27 saves, though he fell to 1-9-1 this season.
The Flyers have won only one of their last seven games (1-5-1). Their lone power-play chance came with less than nine minutes to play but didn’t convert.
Svechnikov scored his 23rd goal of the season 2:09 into the game on a power play. Martin Necas delivered a pass to Svechnikov, who was waiting in the slot.
The Hurricanes went on three power plays in the first period, but managed five shots on those – and six total shots in the period.
It was the NHL debut for Flyers forward Tyson Foerster, who was Philadelphia’s first-round draft pick in 2020. Foerster made a goal-saving move by blocking Svechnikov’s rebound attempt in the second period.
NOTES: Flyers D Tony DeAngelo served the first game of a two-game suspension handed down by the NHL for his spearing incident Tuesday night at Tampa Bay. DeAngelo played last season for the Hurricanes. ... Hurricanes D Brent Burns had an assist on his 38th birthday.
Flyers: At Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Hurricanes: Home vs. Vegas on Saturday.
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Bob Sutton, The Associated Press