Fly-by: Flyers 5, Wild 1
Tuesday, 01.17.2012 / 8:05 PM / News
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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D. Powe (11:38 - 2nd)
MIN: J. Harding (L)
PHI: I. Bryzgalov (W)
SPECIAL POWERSChalk this one up to special teams.
Coming into tonight's game the Flyers power-play ranked eighth in the NHL at 18.9 percent. That may get a bit of a bump after they recorded two power-play goals in tonight's 5-1 win over the Wild.
What's equally impressive is that the Flyers used a very important shorthanded goal to take a 2-1 lead which they would never relinquish.
"It's a long season, your power play and PK needs to step up," said Claude Giroux. "On the PK, Bryz did a good job of getting the shots he got. We did great tonight, both offensively and defensively. We were really responsible and hopefully we can get some momentum from this game and bring it for Thursday."
The shorthanded goal by Couturier was his fifth goal in his fifth straight game and third game-winning goal in that span. Couturier has 50 percent of the Flyers shorthanded goals, scoring two of their four tallies on the season thus far.
The Flyers have scored six power-play goals in their last seven games, recording at least one in five of their last seven. They have also tallied a power-play goal in each of their last three games at home, going 4-for-16 in that span.
Overall the team's man-advantage ranks sixth in the NHL at 19.4 percent (38-for-196).
The Flyers will put their special teams to the test again on Thursday when they welcome the NY Islanders to town.
|Sean Couturier extended his goal-scoring streak to five-straight games with his shorthanded goal.
Couturier's goal was also his third game-winning-goal during his current streak.
Per the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time in Flyers history that two rookies have posted five-game goal scoring streaks in the same season – Matt Read (Nov. 13 -21) and Sean Couturier (Jan. 8 – present).
Couturier was 8-for-12 (67 percent) on faceoffs tonight. Claude Giroux was 13 for 24 (54 percent).
Scott Hartnell posted his 20th goal of the season, giving him 20 or more goals for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. He led the Flyers with six shots on goal tonight.
Jagr kicked things off on the power play, helping set up Kimmo Timonen's goal early in the first period.
Jagr also helped another Flyers defenseman get on the board.
Braydon Coburn put the team up by two goals again with another point shot set up by Jagr, who now ranks third on the team in points (34) and assists (22).
|"He is such a smart player. He's is good positionally. He's got chances and he's putting them in. It's 5-0 for him on the goal sheet right now. He's just hot right now and I'm just happy for a good young kid. He works hard."
-Scott Hartnell on Couturier
"I think we played a complete game tonight, the way we should play. We've got a stretch of a lot of games at home, we really should take advantage."
“It felt great. I mean you want to get out there and get hit and get hits and you know I was fortunate enough to get a couple early and kinda get involved in the game and you know, I think it was a lot of fun.”
- Jody Shelley
|Typically a turning point for an opposing team can be a quick strike immediate after the home team scores to gain a two-goal lead. Well the Flyers turned the tables on the Wild tonight.
After taking a 2-0 lead on a shorthanded goal from Sean Couturier, the Wild came back 1:11 later to cut the lead in half off a blast from ex-Flyer Darroll Powe.
Instead of momentum swinging to the Wild, the Flyers responded with a quick tally of their own when ironically 1:11 later, Brayden Coburn fired a shot from the point that got past Wild goaltender Josh Harding to give the Flyers their two-goal lead back and eventually walk away with an 5-1 victory.
|PIC OF THE NIGHT: Sean Couturier smiles after extending his scoring streak to five games.
Flyers 5, Wild 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Sean Couturier had a short-handed goal to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 Tuesday night.
Kimmo Timonen, Scott Hartnell, Braydon Coburn and Jakub Voracek also had goals and Jaromir Jagr had two assists for the Flyers, who got points from 11 different players.