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STEPPING IT UP In a game where the Flyers needed their stars to step up, they absolutely answered the call.
One-by-one they came to the forefront.
The goaltending. Ilya Bryzgalov, who just 48 hours earlier stood in the dressing room and said he was lost in the woods, came back with a near flawless performance in net. His only blemish an odd angle shot that bounced around and found its way in the back of the net. It was his only goal allowing out of 25 shots.
The defense. Following a game in which nine goals were allowed, their two veterans on the blueline stepped forward. Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen were each on the ice for all five of the Flyers goals, each posting a season-high plus-minus rating of plus-4.
The offense. Claude Giroux posted his second career four-point night assisting on the first three Flyers goals, including a great play while the team was down shorthanded with fellow penalty killer Max Talbot, and recording the fourth goal of the night for the Flyers.
Jaromir Jagr has certainly found his groove. The former NHL MVP recorded two goals on the night, which extended his point streak to four games. Jagr seems to have reversed the trend of early in the season. He now has five goals and seven points in his last four games, while in his first five games on the year, he was all putting up all assists; four helpers in that five game span.
Not to be overshadowed, Scott Hartnell has an equally impressive streak going. Follow his three-point night against the Hurricanes, Hartnell now has nine points in his four-straight games, three of which have been multi-point outings.
On top of it all, the Flyers perhaps most important bounce-back game of the season thus far came with two of their stars on the sideline. Pronger continues to be out with his eye injury, while it was discovered just before the game that All-Star Danny Briere would not be in the lineup with an upper-body injury.
The Flyers will have a complete day off from the rink tomorrow, but will look to find consistency in their success when they face their next opponent on Tuesday in the Buffalo Sabres.
|* Claude Giroux tied a career high with his four-point night (1G, 3A). His other was on Jan. 23, 2011 at Chicago. |
* Giroux’s four points give him 15 on the season, which puts him in a tie for second in the league behind Phil Kessel’s 18.
* Tonight was Jaromir Jagr’s 115th career two-goal game. Jagr now has 101 career points against the Carolina franchise (34-67-101).
* Claude Giroux, Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn were all plus-4 tonight.
* The Flyers have now won 10 of their last 11 against Carolina. They have won six in a row at the Wells Fargo Center and have at least a point in 10 straight games against the Hurricanes at home (8-0-2) dating back to a loss on Dec. 19, 2006. They are 16-1-3 overall against Carolina since that loss.
* Scott Hartnell (4G-5A) & Jaromir Jagr (5G-2A) each have four-game point streaks.
The Pride of Hearst, Ontario is tonight’s star. Claude Giroux recorded his second career four-point night with a goal and three helpers.
Giroux kicked things off with a little tap pass on the backhand to an open Scott Hartnell to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.
After feeding Jagr on his first of the night, Giroux fed a streaking Max Talbot on the penalty kill who flipped a backhand behind Hurricanes goaltender and former Flyer Brian Boucher.
Giroux’s four-point effort is the fourth time thus far that he has recorded a multi-point game.
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|“Obviously it felt good. It was a bounce back game for us, and we were able to play some good hockey, so it was definitely a big win for us.” |
- Max Talbot
"He tried to help. He tried to intercept the pass or what. It was fresh ice, he slipped and accidently bumped me. It doesn't matter shutout or not, we won the game is most important."
- Ilya Bryzgalov
“Well, hopefully, we can get better and better. You know, it’s still early. We’ve only played ten games, and with Scotty on that line we’ve played only four or five games. So far, so good.”
- Jaromir Jagr
|Knotted at 1-1 after the first two periods, tonight’s turning point comes 39 seconds into the third period. |
Claude Giroux found his linemate Jaromir Jagr cutting through the crease on the period’s opening shift. Jagr flicked a quick shot to Boucher’s right blocker side to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead.
That goal sparked four unanswered tallies by the Flyers and it was all that they needed to get back into the win column.
|PIC OF THE NIGHT: Jaromir Jagr gives his salute following his first goal. |
Flyers 5, Hurricanes 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jaromir Jagr scored two goals and Ilya Bryzgalov rebounded strong in net from a string of bad games to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Bryzgalov needed an outing like this one to restore the confidence he said was shot after an 0-4-1 stretch with a 4.62 goals against average. He allowed four goals on 10 shots in relief in Philadelphia's 9-8 loss to Winnipeg on Thursday.
Bryzgalov blamed himself for the defeat, calling it the low point of his career.
He was just fine against the Hurricanes. The lone goal he allowed wasn't even his fault. Scott Hartnell slid headfirst into Bryzgalov in a rush for the puck, knocking the goalie off his feet and on his back, allowing Jussi Jokinen an open look for the tying goal in the second period.
Jagr covered for that mistake with a wrister 39 seconds into the third period to beat former Flyers goalie Brian Boucher for the go-ahead goal. Max Talbot backhanded in his rebound for a short-handed goal minutes later, and Claude Giroux attacked the net on a breakaway to beat Boucher for a 4-1 lead.