Flyers Maul Minnesota

Published on January 17th, 2012

Sean Couturier has a 5-game goal scoring streak | Source: Andrew King

by Mike del Tufo

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The Philadelphia Flyers after long stretches on the road returned home and handily defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-1 getting goals from 5 different players including two power-play goals and one short-handed goal.  They will play 8 of their next 11 games in their home arena, the Wells Fargo Center.

For this game, Josh Harding started in net for the Wild and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Jagr-Hartnell
Briere-Talbot-Voracek
Schenn-Read-Simmonds
Couturier-Zolnierczyk-Shelley

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

The Flyers playing their first home game in 10 days opened the scoring at 2:56 of the 1st period.  Defenseman Kimmo Timonen scored his 2nd goal of season on a shot from the point on the power-play.  The Flyers played a strong period controlling much of the action in the 1st   They out-shot the Wild 11 to 8.

The Flyers had an even stronger 2nd period putting 3 goals past Harding.  Sean Couturier finished off a 2-on-1 with Matt Read at 10:27 of the 2nd period to put the Flyers up 2-0.  It was a short-handed goal and Couturier’s 5th straight game with a goal.  Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn scored at 12:47 and Scott Hartnell followed that up with another power-play goal at 16:04.  It was Hartnell’s 20th goal of the season.  The Wild got one at 11:38 when ex-Flyer center Darrell Powe scored.  The Flyers led 4-1 after two periods.

The Flyers got an extended power-play at 2:22 of the 3rd period when Wild winger Cal Clutterbuck was called for a double-minor but could not notch their 3rd power-play goal of the game.  At 11:58, the Flyers tacked on another goal when Jakub Voracek scored to make it 5-1.  The Wild were simply out-matched in this game and barely mounted an attack in the 3rd period.  The Flyers skated to an easy home victory.

Flyers left wing Scott Hartnell on the win said, “It was our best game in probably half of a dozen.  We were getting the pucks deep, we were getting first on puck, we were skating and we were cycling and we were holding onto it.  We were doing everything we talked about.  The last few games we didn’t execute our game plan, but tonight at home, it wasn’t just our line but every line was cycling and every line was getting shots. It was a big win, too.”

On his strong play this season, Hartnell said, “My game isn’t the flashy stuff.  When I’m skating, I’m really effective, I’m physical, I’m on puck, I’m winning battles for my linemates.  The points have come in bunches as well, so hopefully we keep that going.  It’s alright that I don’t get the alcolades and all that kind of stuff.  I’m a hard-working guy in a hard-working city.  That’s all I care about is trying to be the hardest working guy.”

The Flyers next game is Thursday at home vs. the New York Islanders.

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