Flyers Slip Past Hurricanes

Published on February 10th, 2011

Flyers goalie Brian Boucher

by Mike del Tufo

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Philadelphia Flyers narrowly defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 at the Wells Fargo Center.  This was the 3rd of 4 meetings between the Flyers and the Canes this season.  They split the first 2 games they played.  They square off next in Raleigh on February 18th.  For this game, Cam Ward started in net for the Canes and Brian Boucher for the Flyers.

Flyers forward line combinations:
Briere-Hartnell-Leino
Carter-Giroux-Nodl
Richards-JVR-Zherdev
Betts-Powe-Carcillo

Flyers defenseman pairings:
Pronger-Carle
Timonen-Coburn
O’Donnell-Meszaros

The Flyers came out strong and earned an early power-play at 1:16 of the 1st period when defenseman Brett Carson was called for high-sticking.  They were only able to get one shot though as the Canes were able to easily kill this off.  At 14:50, Canes defenseman Jay Harrison gave up the puck near his net.  Flyers forward Jeff Carter claimed it and then fed winger Claude Giroux who swooped in but was denied by Ward.  The Flyers took their first penalty at 17:54 when Dan Carcillo was called for interference.  Boucher thwarted quality scoring chances by Cane forwards Jeff Skiner and Erik Cole to preserve the scoreless game.

Early in the 2nd period, Giroux took a shot off of the side of his knee.  He skated off and went back to the locker room.  He did come back midway through the period and seemed fine.  The Flyers seemed to lose their focus in this period and took several undisciplined penalties.  The Canes were unable to take advantage of this but mostly controlled the flow during this stanza.  They outshot the Flyers in this period 12 to 7 but again neither team was able to get on the scoreboard.

18 seconds into the 3rd period, the Flyers finally broke the scoreless tie and got a power-play goal by Jeff Carter.  The Flyers had the odd combination of Carter, Mike Richards, and Ville Leino as the forwards and it worked.  Canes forward Tuomo Ruutu had received a slashing minor late in the 2nd period.  That penalty had carried over into this period.  At 11:27, the Flyers cashed in on another power-play when Danny Briere banged it in from the side of the net.  The Canes, however, came right back at 12:07 when Ruutu knocked in his own rebound.  The Flyers were able to shut the Canes down the rest of the way playing strong, defensive hockey.  It was a solid 2-1 victory for the Flyers, their 3rd in a row.  Boucher had a strong game making 31 saves and the only goal he gave up he had little chance in stopping.

Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger on the close game said, “Well, you have to start learning how to win them and tonight was a good start.  It was goose eggs going into the third.  You don’t see that very often, but you have to stick with the game plan and stick with how you need to play to be successful.  We were able to do that tonight and were fortunate to get the power play goals to get the win.”

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette on the strong play of Bouch in net said, “He played tonight like he did the other night.  He seemed to me like he was in control and very calm and square.  I said to one of the coaches after the game, not a lot of hoopla, just simple; stop the puck, cover the rebound.”

This was the 3rd game of 4-game home stand.  Their next game is at home vs. the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday February 13th.

Comments

  1. Posted by Joe DT on February 11th, 2011, 19:26

    It was a good win. I thought the Canes outhustled the Flyers, but they still found a way to win…