Carter Has Hat Trick; Flyers Rout 'Canes 8-1

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Jeff Carter had his second career hat trick, scoring three goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers past the Carolina Hurricanes, 8-1 on Thursday night.

Danny Briere scored two goals, Scott Hartnell had a goal and an assist, and Nikolay Zherdev and Mike Richards also scored for the Atlantic Division-leading Flyers.

They led 3-0 less than 2 minutes into the second period and cruised to their seventh win in eight games and their eighth straight over the Hurricanes.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 35 shots for Philadelphia.

Chad LaRose scored for Carolina, but Cam Ward allowed four goals and stopped only nine shots before he was pulled midway through the second period. Justin Peters finished, also making nine saves and giving up four goals.

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