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Rookie Game: Flyers 3, Caps 2

Kessel, Houser lead Flyers rookies to win at Wells Fargo Center

Thursday, 09.15.2011 / 7:08 PM ET / News
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Michael Houser played the final period and a half.
In front of a crowd of over 10,000 fans at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers rookies pulled out a close one with a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals rookies.

After falling behind 1-0 midway through the first period, the Flyers used three second-period goals to jump out to a 3-1 lead and never looked back behind the goaltending duo of Brad Phillips and Michael Houser.

Phillips got the start in net for the Flyers rookies, turning aside 13 of 14 shots in 30 minutes of play, while Houser picked up where he left off by denying 11 of 12 shots, including many in the final minute of action when the Caps had six men attacking.

Continuing a theme of players standing out in the annual rookie tilt, recently signed defenseman Blake Kessel recorded an assist on the Flyers first goal by Tyler Brown and potted a power-play goal by pinching in from the blue line to knock in a rebound.

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“Yeah, I love the aggressive play and I’d like to get up and play them again,” said Kessel. “They play an up tempo game and I love that type of style. Like I said, I’m just happy about being here and I’m looking to keep improving my game.”

Brown’s goal to tie the game up at 1-1 was perhaps the most impressive of the night. After taking a feed from Kessel, Brown used his power and speed through center ice and went around a defender to fire a puck past the Washington goaltender.

Eighth overall pick Sean Couturier experience his first taste of NHL action as well.

Tyler Hostetter fights Danek Paquette at the end of the second period.
“I think overall it went well and I tried to keep it simple and pay attention to little details. Keep it simple and I think our line played pretty good actually,” said Couturier. “My first few steps, explosion, my skating, it’s something I’ve needed since I was little and I’m working on and hopefully I get better in the next few weeks  and years, and try to work on it.

Thomas Hyka, the 5’10’’, 158-pound left wing from the Czech Republic sealed the win for the Flyers rookies, scoring with 24 seconds left in the second period to put the Flyers up for good.

The game was not without fisticuffs though. On three separate occasions, the Flyers and Caps dropped the gloves, including a bout after the second period horn had sounded between hometown prospect Tyler Hostetter and the Capitals Danek Paquette.

The Flyers defense held the fort in the third period however to reclaim victory in the annual match up after suffering a 4-3 loss in Arlington, Va. last season.

Over the past five seasons, the Flyers now own the series by a 3 games to 2 edge, with each team now winning on home ice. Should the series continue, the Flyers will take on the Caps in Washington in 2012.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
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R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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