That the Carolina Hurricanes won Sunday in their last game of the season wasn't that meaningful.

The Hurricanes aren't going to the playoffs and nothing can ease that disappointment.

Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal each scored a pair of goals for the Hurricanes, and Staal's shootout goal beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Skinner's power-play goal with 4:21 left in regulation helped the Canes regain the lead 5-4 after the Flyers had rallied from a 4-1 deficit. But Wayne Simmonds' second goal of the game, with 9.5 seconds showing, tied it 5-5.

It was on to overtime, then the shootout. Staal was the only player to score in the shootout.

Carolina closed the season with two straight road wins and a 36-35-11 record, but will not play in the Stanley Cup playoffs for a fifth straight season.

While it's better to win than to lose, it's what comes next for the Hurricanes -- likely changes, large and small -- that will have a lot more meaning.

The Hurricanes players now will go through their exit interviews early this week. How many will return next season is anyone's guess.

Decisions need to be made on free agents. Trades could be considered.

"It's not anything we as players really have control over," Skinner said. "We realize it's part of the game, part of the business. It's part of what goes on when goals are not achieved and things don't go the way you want them to."

Jim Rutherford is expected to retire after 20 years as the team's general manager. Ron Francis, now vice president of hockey operations, is expected to succeed him.