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POSTGAME 5: Duck, Duck, Win!

Flyers run point streak to 10 straight games with 6-2 win over Ducks

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Sean Couturier powered the Flyers with a three-point outing and helped run their point streak to 10 straight games with a 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the first period with goals from Couturier, Phil Varone, Michael Raffl and Oskar Lindblom, but Anaheim struck back with the next two tallies early in the second and third periods from Adam Henrique and Nick Ritchie.

Nolan Patrick and Travis Konecny answered for the Flyers while Carter Hart made history (see more below) with 30 saves for the win. Chad Johnson allowed four goals and was pulled in favor of New Jersey native, Kevin Boyle, who made his NHL debut and stopped 24 of 26 shots in relief.

Stars of the Game:
1 - Sean Couturier (1g-2a)
2 - Michael Raffl (1g-1a)
3 - Phil Varone (1g-1a)

TURNING POINT
Today's turning point came after the Flyers gave up their first goal to Anaheim very early in the second. Sure they were still up 4-1, but after challenging the goal for offsides, the goal was upheld and the result was another power play for the Ducks, who had a golden opportunity to bring it within two goals and swing of momentum. The Flyers killed the penalty and shut them down the rest of the period.

MELTZER'S TAKE
1) The Flyers went right to the attack with a dominating opening shift by the Sean Couturier line. The Ducks were forced to ice the puck. On the next shift, Jakob Silfverberg got a mini-breakaway but Carter Hart denied him with the glove. Hart went on to make several other additional fine saves among his dozen first in the opening period.Video: ANA@PHI: Couturier goes top shelf on Johnson

2) The red-hot Sean Couturier continued his points binge at 10:24 of the first period as he went off the post and in with a shot from the left slot. Robert Hägg and Varone got the helpers... The Flyers then built a 4-0 lead at 17:46 of the first period as Oskar Lindblom crashed the net and got rewarded as a Couturier pass went off his skate and into the net.

3) At 11:44 of the first period, an opportunistic Michael Raffl took a lead pass from Scott Laughton and, from the left circle, beat Johnson over the glove for a shorthanded goal and a 3-0 lead.

4) At 4:57 of the third period, Nick Ritchie took a cross-ice feed from Ryan Getzlaf and fired off an almost unstoppable shot for a power play goal that cut the Anaheim deficit down to 4-2. The Ducks generated some good third period chances -- Hart robbed Silfverberg two more times -- before the Flyers made good on a power play to restore a three-goal lead at 5-2. 

5) Nolan Patrick finished off a broken play from the right side of the net and Konecny, who tallied the sixth goal to ice it.

JUST THE STATS

* Carter Hart won his eighth consecutive game, tying Jocelyn Thibault for the longest winning streak by a NHL rookie goaltender before his 21st birthday. He is one short of the Flyers record for consecutive wins by a rookie, which is nine held by Pelle Lindbergh, and is four away from the Flyers' overall record of 12 held by Bob Froese.Video: ANA@PHI: Hart makes glove save on Silfverberg

* The Flyers extended their point streak to 10 in-a-row, going 9-0-1, and have the best record in the NHL since Jan. 10 going 10-1-1 securing 21 out of 24 possible points.

* The Flyers improved to 6-2-1 in games when wearing their black third jerseys, outscoring the opposition, 32-17, in the process.

* Sean Couturier recorded a goal for his fourth straight game and with his two assists he extended his overall point streak to six in-a-row with nine points (4g-5a).

* Phil Varone had a goal and an assist to give him his first multi-point game as a Flyer and first multi-point game in the NHL since Mar. 6, 2015.

* Jake Voracek also extended his point streak to six (2g-6a) with eight points.

THEY SAID IT

 Video: Hear from Gordon following 6-2 win over ANAVideo: Hear from the players following 6-2 win over ANA

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