Even though it’s a different squad, the Flyers are picking up right where they left off last year’s domination on the road.
The 2010-11 season saw the Flyers set a franchise record in road wins (25) and an overall record of 25-11-5 away from the Wells Fargo Center.
This season, the Flyers are off to a 6-1-1 record on the road after their 5-3 win over the Hurricanes at the RBC Center on Monday. The win gives the Flyers a 2-0-1 record on their three-game road swing down south during the team’s annual bonding activities.
“The fourth line is a real energy line. They can skate; they can make plays; they can hit and they can play defense too, so really [when] you’re on the road that serves as an advantage,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette.
The last regulation loss the Flyers suffered on the road was a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Canadiens in Montreal on Oct. 26.
Claude Giroux leads the Flyers on the road in scoring with eight points in eight games, recording a three-point night in Carolina (2G-1A) to give him five goals and three assists, while rookie Matt Read averages over a point-per-game pace on the road with eight points in seven games.
Ironically the Flyers, who lead the NHL in goals, rank middle of the pack in road goals scored (25 out of 65). It’s the goals-against that has caused most of their success. The Flyers have allowed 17 goals in their eight road games and their defense has held on to early leads the offense has provided.
Tonight’s contest was no different for the road warrior Philadelphia Flyers.
- Per the Elias Sports Bureau, there has never been a situation where there were shorthanded penalty shots in consecutive Flyers games, for or against. The Flyers scored on one last night and Carolina scored on one tonight.
- The last time the Flyers allowed two shorthanded goals in a single game was Dec. 15, 2009 at PIT. Prior to tonight’s game, the Flyers had not allowed a shorthanded goal yet this season.
- Tonight was Claude Giroux’s first two-goal game of the season and the fifth of his career. (He has yet to record an NHL hat trick.) It was Giroux’s third game this season with three or more points.
- Chris Pronger recorded three assists tonight, his most assists and points in a single game since a four-assist night on Jan. 25, 2011 vs. Montreal, and just the third time he’s had three or more points in a game since joining the Flyers.
- Pronger’s last three-point game on the road was Nov. 3, 2007 when he had three assists for Anaheim in a game at Phoenix.
For his three-point night Claude Giroux gets the first star of the evening.
Giroux posted two goals and an assist to lead the Flyers to their second straight win and keep them unbeaten in regulation in their last seven games.
Giroux kicked off the night by recording a breakaway goal just 1:19 into the game by firing over the glovehand of Carolina goaltender Cam Ward.
Giroux would hit that same spot early in the second period to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead, while adding an assist to Wayne Simmonds deflection goal about four minutes later.
“We’re not here to put on a show. We’re here to put the work boots on and make sure we’re doing the little things right that allows us to be successful.” - Chris Pronger
“I think the way we work [together] on the road. You can see Max [Talbot] and Sean [Couturier’s] line, they were unbelievable for us. The energy they brought to this team was really good and that’s the reason we won.” - Claude Giroux
“I think if you want to be a successful team in the NHL you have to be closers. If you want to win 5-3 or 4-3 especially on the road you got to keep things simple.” - Jakub Voracek
The turning point of the game was the back-breaker for the Carolina Hurricanes. It was the Flyers fifth goal by rookie Matt Read with four minutes left to go in regulation.
His tally came on a two on one break with Jakub Voracek who slid a pass to the diving Read who found the back of the net for the second straight game to give the Flyers a two-goal lead.
The Hurricanes would apply pressure late and even have a power play in the game’s final 30 seconds, but the two-goal lead stood up.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Former Flyers defenseman Mark Howe gets inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Flyers 5, Hurricanes 3 Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Claude Giroux took less than a minute and a half to get his first goal and proceeded to have his most productive game this season.
Giroux finished with two goals and an assist, leading the surging Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.
"It's only one game," said Giroux, who has 11 goals and 11 assists after his first multigoal game of the season. "The other lines brought a lot of energy and got the team going. It was obviously a team effort tonight."