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POSTGAME 5: Cek it out

Voracek, Couturier lift Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the Canucks at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night

by Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Completing a two-game homestand, the Flyers dominated the second and third periods and went on to earn a 2-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night. 

Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek led the offensive attack on a night where multiple lines generated quality scoring chances and heaps of offensive zone possession. Justin Braun assisted on the game winner. J.T. Miller notched the lone Vancouver goal.

Carter Hart went long stretches without seeing any meaningful pucks but stepped up when he needed to in stopping 16 of 17 shots. Thatcher Demko kept the Canucks in the game with a chance to win despite the possession disparity, but ended up with a hard-luck loss in stopping 32 of 34 shots.

Three Stars:
1st: Sean Couturier (1g-1a)
2nd: Jakub Voracek (game-winning-goal)
3rd: Thatcher Demko (32 of 34 shots)

TURNING POINT
A pair of bounces off the post. First, Couturier scored in a goal-mouth scramble, then Second, Voracek went off the post and in to tally the game-winner off a great passout by Braun. The Flyers haven't had much luck with posts this season but got a friendly bounce this time.Video: VAN@PHI: Voracek picks the corner from the circle

MELTZER'S TAKE
* The first period was a pretty tight checking one without a lot of quality chances either way. The Canucks turned a rough shift for Michael Raffl -- turnovers in the offensive and defensive zones -- into a Horvat goal from outside the hash marks in the lower left circle. 

* In the first period, the Sean Couturier line was Philly's most effective in driving play and generating possession in the Vancouver zone. For the third straight game, the Flyers worked a set play between Claude Giroux and Morgan Frost off a left circle offensive zone draw. 

* Later, Frost made a nice forechecking play in the neutral zone to help create the game's first power play (Philly was unable to get organized). Later, he set up what became a scoring chance for Ivan Provorov.

* The Flyers dominated the second period, outshooting the Canucks by a 17-4 margin with a slew of Philadelphia scoring chances. The Couturier and Frost lines buzzed repeatedly in Vancouver zone. Only one goal to show it; Couturier's 7th of the season.Video: VAN@PHI: Couturier cleans up loose puck in the slot

* Philly generated a 9-4 shot edge in the third period, as all four lines but especially the top two swarmed the puck and kept the Canucks hemmed in. A strong penalty kill by the Flyers with the game still tied at 1-1 was a momentum generator. They finally got rewarded with Voracek's go-ahead goal. Hart made a vital late-game save on Josh Leivo to help seal the win. 

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* Win gives the Flyers a 7-1-4 record on home ice and marks their fifth straight home game that was decided by one goal.

* They also picked up a point in their ninth consecutive home game, going 5-0-4 in the stretch - its' their best stretch in six years when they went 10-0-0 in 2013-14.

* For the fourth straight game, Ivan Provorov led all players in ice time with 25:18 with his partner, Matt Niskanen the only other player in the game earning over 25 minutes of ice time.

* Niskanen had three shots on goal, seven total attempts, two hits and led the team with four blocked shots... Scott Laughton led the Flyers with four hits.

* The Flyers travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets on Wednesday night. Puck drop is 7 p.m. on NBCSP+ and 93.3 WMMR.

THEY SAID IT

Video: Hear from Hagg, Couturier and Hart following winVideo: Hear from Flyers coach following win over VAN

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