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  • PHILADELPHIA - Sunday's regular-season finale felt almost like a playoff game for Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller.It's the closest his team will get this year.Eric Staal scored twice in regulation and had the only goal in the shootout to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in regular-season finale Sunday.Jeff Skinner added a pair of goals for the Hurricanes, who finish the season in seventh Lance Alworth Jersey place in the Metropolitan Division, outside of the playoff picture.Wayne Simmonds scored twice for the Junior Seau Jersey Flyers, who had already wrapped up third place in the Metropolitan Division and a date with the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs later this week."Games like this are good for our team," Muller said. "Not that it's a playoff game or anything or but this is a tough rink to play in, it was sold out and the guys were intense until the end. For our guys to find a way to win was what we like to see Josh Lambo Jersey as coaches. It was a good finish for us."Cal Heeter made 33 saves in his NHL debut for the Flyers, before stopping one of two shots in the shootout. Heeter was recalled from the Philadelphia Phantoms and given the start after Steve Mason suffered an upper-body injury in Saturday's win over the Penguins.Mason is day-to-day but the Flyers are hopeful he'll be able to return to net for Game 1 of their series with the Rangers."He battled back," Flyers head coach Craig Berube said of Heeter. "It's tough for Philip Rivers Jersey a kid like that coming in here. He's nervous obviously and this is probably not the best situation (for his NHL debut). But it is what it is and the kid hung in there and did a good job."Anton Khudobin made 39 saves and stopped all three of shots in the shootout for the Carolina.