Williams scores twice to help Hurricanes snap six-game slide

Carolina sits two points behind Columbus for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference

Hurricanes right wing Justin Williams scores the first of two goals he had in Carolina's 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline / USA TODAY Sports)

Justin Williams scored two goals to lift the Carolina Hurricanes past the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho also scored for the Hurricanes.

Goaltender Cam Ward stopped 21 shots in the win.

The Hurricanes, who are still very much alive in the playoff race, had been winless in six games for the first time since 2014.

Travis Konecny scored for the Flyers, who had their 12-game unbeaten streak snapped. The Flyers had won six in a row with a 10-0-2 record entering this game against the Hurricanes.

Petr Mrazek had 31 saves for the Flyers.

Williams put the Hurricanes on the scoreboard first by tapping in the rebound of a Jeff Skinner shot just as a Carolina power play expired at 4:40 of the first.

Teravainen gave Carolina a 2-0 lead at 5:39 of the second. Teravainen and Aho orchestrated a perfect give-and-go, with Teravainen scoring his 17th goal of the season.

Williams struck again for his second goal of the game at 11:42 when he redirected a Brett Pesce point shot past Mrazek for his 12th goal of the season..

The Flyers struggled to generate much offense through the first two periods and managed only 14 shots. Carolina outshot Philadelphia by a whopping margin of 28-14.

Philadelphia came out aggressive in the third and quickly cut the lead to 3-1 when Konecny registered his 16th goal on an assist by Sean Couturier at 1:20. Claude Giroux received the other assist.

Carolina’s Noah Hanifin was whistled for holding Scott Laughton, giving the Flyers a late power play. The Flyers had some good chances but were unable to connect.

Shortly after the power play, Aho ripped a wrist shot past Mrazek for a commanding 4-1 advantage at 14:23 of the third. It was Aho’s 23rd goal of the season.

Carolina outshot the Flyers 35-22.

Philadelphia had six shots in the first, seven in the second and eight in the third and never was able to put consistent pressure in the crease on Ward, who improved to 18-9-4 on the season.

The Hurricanes, who host the Devils — 3-2 losers in Florida on Thursday — Friday night at PNC Arena, are two points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Columbus lost at Los Angeles, 5-2, Thursday night.