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Wayne Simmonds has goal and assist to lead Flyers in 5-1 rout of Hurricanes

  • Carolina Hurricanes' Anton Khudobin, of Kazakstan, tries to block a wide shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Carolina Hurricanes' Anton Khudobin, of Kazakstan, tries to block a wide shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds (17) celebrates with Brayden Schenn (10) and Scott Laughton (49) after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds (17) celebrates with Brayden Schenn (10) and Scott Laughton (49) after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philadelphia Flyers' Michael Raffl, of Austria, scores a goal past Carolina Hurricanes' Anton Khudobin, of Kazakstan, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Philadelphia Flyers' Michael Raffl, of Austria, scores a goal past Carolina Hurricanes' Anton Khudobin, of Kazakstan, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist and four other Flyers scored in Philadelphia's 5-1 rout of the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

Scott Laughton got his first career goal and Sean Couturier, Jakub Voracek and Michael Raffl also scored for Philadelphia (11-13-5), which improved to 3-0-2 in its last five. Simmonds has five goals over the stretch.

Eric Staal scored for Carolina (8-18-3), which dropped its fifth straight game. The Hurricanes have scored one goal in each of their last five contests.

Staal pulled the Hurricanes within 2-1 just over three minutes into the second period with a highlight-reel, wraparound tally that snapped Carolina's 0-for-14 skid on the power play. It was the 100th career power-play goal by the Carolina captain.

But Voracek answered just under three minutes later by firing a wrist shot from close range past sprawling Carolina goalie Anton Khudobin after a nifty cross-ice pass from Simmonds.

The power-play goal gave the Flyers a goal on the man-advantage in seven straight games.