Wayne Simmonds recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career as the Flyers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-3, Saturday night.
Simmonds finished with four points in the game, another NHL first for the winger, and watched as a slew of Flyers fans tossed celebratory caps on the ice. It was a strange scene for a road team out of playoff contention.
“That was good to see,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “It was good for confidence. Guys went out and played hard. Good for Wayne to score some goals.”
Jakub Voracek also set a milestone when he tallied his 20th goal. Goaltender Steve Mason had 26 saves and furthered speculation that he might be in line to take Ilya Bryzgalov’s starting job next year. Mason made his fourth start for the Flyers since coming over in a trade from Columbus.