Series (Game 4 of 4)

Philadelphia leads 2-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 25th
Game 2: Tuesday, November 18th
Game 3: Friday, November 28th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 23rd

Flyers 4

(39-18-6, 98 pts)

Hurricanes 2

(26-31-6, 71 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 23, 2004

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
PHI 1 2 14
CAR 1 1 02

B. Radivojevic (Flyers - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

B. Hedican (Hurricanes - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

C. Adams (Hurricanes - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Philadelphia (38-18-14-6) at Carolina (26-30-13-6) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) - The Philadelphia Flyers try to take advantage of another floundering team when they visit the RBC Center to face the Carolina Huricanes on Tuesday night.

On Saturday, Robert Esche made 24 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Flyers blanked the New York Rangers, 3-0, to improve to 5-2-2 this month. Esche, who entered the season with a 30-33-9 record in 88 career games, improved to 21-8-6.

Claude Lapointe, Simon Gagne and defenseman Mattias Timander scored for the Flyers, who defeated the Rangers for the fifth time in as many meetings this season.

Philadelphia is 1-0-2 against Carolina this season and leads the New Jersey Devils by six points for first place in the Atlantic Division. The Flyers are one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Carolina, which will miss the playoffs for the second straight year after reaching the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 2004, is returning from a 3-0-0-2 road trip.

On Saturday, Josef Vasicek scored the equalizer midway through the third period and set up defenseman Bret Hedican's overtime goal as the Hurricanes secured points in their 11th straight road contest with a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Vasicek snapped a 14-game goal-less drought, while defenseman Sean Hill scored his second goal in as many games and fourth in the last five.

The Hurricanes could be without Erik Cole after the rugged left winger suffered a right knee injury in the third period Saturday.