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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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Rookie Game: Flyers 3, Caps 2
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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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