The Hurricane's are without Jordan Staal, who is skating again after recovering from a broken leg. In addition to missing their best offensive player Carolina's goalie Khudobin is bad, like really bad, 0-6-2 before this game started. I don't think the Flyers would have had half the goals they had in this game if they were going against any other goalie. Couple that with a defense that seems to favor stacking 5 players on one side of the ice and the Flyers were off to the races.
Sean Couturier opened things up just 53 seconds into the game with his 7th goal of the year after being persistent in front of the goal and finally sneaking it past Khudobin's foot. Coots extended his point streak to 6 games with that goal.
Simmonds followed that up 10 minutes later with his team-leading 13th goal that he blasted past Khudobin from above the face-off circle. Qdoban had no chance.
Voracek, Laughton & Raffl all joined the party in the second. Voracek opened things up when it looked like Simmonds would attempt to poke the puck past Khudobin in front of the net, but instead called an audible and found a lonely Voracek with no company to the left where he slapped it home into an empty net. Khudobin had no hope of getting back to his side in time.
Scott Laughton scored his first NHL goal in the second after making a power move after getting the puck off the boards. He skated in on an angle and beat Khudobin on his terms to make it 4-1. It's good to see Laughton finally get an NHL goal, he was thrilled.
Raffl scored his eighth goal of the year when all five Carolina defenders left him open in favor of covering Giroux & Voracek. G found Raffl right in front of the Khudobin where he was easily able to sneak the puck past him.
The Flyers took their foot off the gas in the third period, only registering 4 shots, but their defense did not allow any more Hurricane points as the team held on for 5-1 victory. Today was an all-around team effort from the Flyers.
Steve Mason played great today, blocking 26 of the 27 shots he faced.
The Flyers welcome a tough Tampa Bay Lightning team to the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night. Puck drop is at 7:00 pm.
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