Flyers Crush the Hurricanes

Published on October 30th, 2011

Giroux with a scoring chance | Source: Joe del Tufo

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday, October 29, 2011
The Philadelphia Flyers and the Carolina Hurricanes played an even first 2 periods and then the Flyers exploded in the 3rd period for 4 goals to cruise to a 5-1 victory.  The win snapped a 2-game losing streak.

Ex-Flyer Brian Boucher started in net for the Canes and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Jagr-Hartnell
Read-JVR-Voracek
Talbot-Simmonds-Nodl
Couturier-Rinaldo-Shelley

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

Scott Hartnell of the Flyers notched his 4th goal of the season at 6:57 of the 1st period.  Winger Claude Giroux had the key take-away and only assist on the goal.  The Flyers rebounded in this period and had much better defensive coverage than they did on Thursday when they gave up an astounding 9 goals against the Winnipeg Jets.  After one period of play, both teams had 10 shots on net.

The Hurricanes tied it early in the 2nd period when Jussi Jokinen scored at 3:11 after Hartnell took out his own netminder Bryzgalov.  Jaromir Jagr had a breakaway several minutes later but Boucher was able to poke-check it away.  The Flyers did get a power-play from it as Tim Gleason of the Hurricanes was called for hooking.  The Flyers, however, were unable to convert.

Jagr did get his goal early in the 3rd period.  39 seconds into the period, Giroux made a beautiful pass from the boards to Jagr in front of the net.  He banged it in.  Maxime Talbot of the Flyers then added a short-handed goal at 5:46 to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead.  That was the Flyers’ 1st short-handed goal of the season.  Shortly after, Giroux followed with a breakaway and scored at 7:36.  Giroux had a 4-point night as he had a goal and 3 assists.  Jagr got his 2nd of the game at 12:17 to close out the scoring and give the Flyers a 5-1 win. 

On Bryzgalov bouncing back, Jagr said, “Well, I know how he feels. I’ve been in that situation many times and it’s even tougher for the goalie than for the player or forward.  He’s there by himself.  As a forward, you got all this help and if you make a mistake, there’s always defense.  If defense makes a mistake, there’s always goalie, but if goalie makes a mistake, there’s nobody there to help him.  All he needed was one good save and he’s right back because he’s a good goalie.  He just needed one good save and he showed us again.”

Boucher on returning to face his previous team said, “Well it feels pretty [lousy] right now. I was excited to play and didn’t go well in the third and not a good result… Goes without saying that you want to beat your old team but obviously that didn’t happen and it was really disappointing.”

The Flyers next game is in Buffalo Wednesday vs. the Sabres.

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