Flyers Batter Blue Jackets 9-2

Published on November 6th, 2011

JVR with the puck

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday, November 5, 2011
The Philadelphia Flyers hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets on this night and were anything but hospitable as they bludgeoned the visiting team 9-2 with 8 different players recording a goal for them.  They scored 5 goals in the opening period and added 3 in the 2nd before letting up.

JVR returned to the line-up for the Flyers.  Steve Mason started in net for the Blue Jackets and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Jagr-Hartnell
Briere-JVR-Simmonds
Talbot-Wellwood-Voracek
Couturier-Rinaldo-Zolnierczyk

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Coburn
Meszaros-Lilja
Carle-Gustafsson

The Flyers had a 5-goal outburst in the 1st period.  They wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as JVR scored at 1:38 when he was left all alone in front of the net.  He easily banged it past Mason.  It was during 4-on-4 play.  Flyers Jaromir Jagr then scored a power-play goal at 3:09.  A beautiful pass by Jakub Voracek then sent Max Talbot in alone and he scored at 13:09.  Steve Mason was pulled for Allen York at this time.  Claude Giroux welcomed him with a blast at 14:37 to put the Flyers up 4-0.  Fisticuffs followed as Wayne Simmonds dropped the gloves with Derek Dorsett and Zac Rinaldo with Cody Bass.  Lastly at 19:25, Voracek wristed it in to close out the 1st period scoring.

Steve Mason returned in net to start the 2nd period.  The Flyers added another 3 goals in this period to go up 8-0.  Couturier scored a short-handed goal at 7:08 of the 2nd.  It came off of a 3-on-1 odd-man breakaway.  Simmonds then backhanded in the extra point at 15:50.  20 seconds later, defenseman Matt Carle scored. 

The Blue Jackets broke up the shut-out at 13:13 of the 3rd period.  Dorsett with the goal from the slot.  Couturier then got his 2nd goal of the game at 16:27.  Grant Clitsome added another goal for the Blue Jackets at 17:30.  The Flyers sat on the lead in this period and were out-shot 21-6 but got the 9-2 win. 

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette on the lop-sided win said, “I thought the intentions of our team right from the start were really good tonight.  Skating was good, puck movement was good, good decisions with the puck and that was good.  We had a talk and we addressed a bunch of things yesterday that we needed to do better and we could do better especially in our building and guys really answered tonight.”

He continued, “We need to continue to push towards the top of the conference.  I think the minute you relax at any point, whether it’s on the ice or in practice or with your thoughts, like you’re saying, I think you probably get your ears pinned back pretty good.  We need to stay focused, stay sharp.”

The Flyers next game is Wednesday at Tampa vs. the Lightning.

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