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Old 12-16-2007, 12:04 PM   #197
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Luke DeCock, Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA - Perhaps it's a good thing the Carolina Hurricanes won't see the Philadelphia Flyers again this season.

After the Hurricanes won the shootout for a 6-5 win Saturday after 65 minutes of rough-and-tumble hockey, Carolina forward Chad LaRose stood in the hallway between the two dressing rooms looking for Flyers forward Scottie Upshall.

LaRose emerged from the Carolina dressing room furious with Upshall for "dirty" and "personal" things he said on the ice.

"I even put someone else's shoes on so I can kick him in the face," LaRose said.

Hurricanes defenseman Niclas Wallin and video coach Chris Huffine retrieved LaRose from the hallway and LaRose declined to comment afterward. He was escorted past the Flyers dressing room to the Carolina bus by another team staffer.

The game was marked by a number of scrums, including one in the third that saw Tim Gleason hit with an extra minor and Philadelphia's Jason Smith go unpenalized, putting the Flyers on a power play they would use to tie the score 5-5.

"If he bumped him, we got bumped all night," Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said. "I don't know. I thought he and Smith were going to get two and Smith didn't even go to the box."

SHOOTING STRAIGHT: The shootout win was Carolina's first since April 14, 2006, when the Canes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Matt Cullen and Jeff Hamilton converted before Rod Brind'Amour scored the winner, breaking a streak of six straight shootout losses.

Cullen and Hamilton are both 2-for-2 in the shootout this season.

JUST FOR KICKS: When Cam Ward and Eric Staal grabbed the soccer ball and headed out to the loading dock before the game Saturday, Erik Cole wasn't following. But it wasn't long before he joined them.

"I taped both of my ankles," Cole said.

It was in this same building on Oct. 20 that the Carolina Hurricanes forward fell and sprained his ankle during the pregame kick-around, knocking him out of the lineup that night and for the next three games.

"There's an Erik Cole outline still out there," Ward joked. "It's off limits for him. We'll buy some high-tops for him, just for Philadelphia."

Cole, after safely surviving the soccer, picked up a pair of assists in the win.

GRAHAME GETS START: For the first time in seven games, John Grahame was in net for the Hurricanes. Ward had started six straight games for the Canes after Grahame was in net for an 8-1 loss at the Buffalo Sabres on Dec. 1.

Grahame has now allowed 23 goals in his past four starts, but made some big saves among his 36 Saturday, including a short-handed breakaway by Mike Richards late in the third period.

HISTORY LESSON: The Flyers missed their chance to sweep a four-game season series with the Hurricanes for the first time since the Carolina franchise entered the NHL as the Hartford Whalers in 1979-80.

The Flyers swept three-game season series three times -- in 1981-82, 1985-86 and 1992-93 -- and held the Hurricanes/Whalers without a win in seven of the previous 14 four-game season series, three of which saw Hartford/Carolina go 0-3-1.

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