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POSTGAME 5: Eight is Enough

Flyers flatten Caps in home opener, 8-2

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com/

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

The Flyers opened their home building in extravagant fashion as they put up eight goals in an 8-2 rout of their division rival, Washington Capitals on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Sean Couturier opened the scoring and, after a Caps goal to even things up, Scott Laughton (shorthanded) and Wayne Simmonds (power play) scored a pair of special teams goals to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead. A 4-1 lead off a goal from Claude Giroux, quickly became 4-2 with Caps' Nicklas Backstrom striking 13 seconds later, but from there the Flyers rattled off four unanswered goals including three in the third period to put an exclamation mark on the first of a five-game homestand.

Brian Elliott got his fourth start of the season and picked up the win by stopping 21 of 23 shots, while Philipp Brubauer faced 37 shots, surrendering all eight goals for Washington.

2. TURNING POINT
Scott Laughton's shorthanded goal at the end of the first period was the key moment in the game… The Flyers rode the momentum of opening night and an energized crowd to get an early lead… The Caps quickly countered to knot the score at 1-1 and grabbed that momentum back while also heading into a power play with a chance to take the lead. 

Laughton ended that momentum when he raced down a loose puck, which Grubauer came out to play, anticipated his move and swiped it away. From there he rode it into an empty net for the shorty and gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead with 1:02 left in the opening frame.Video: WSH@PHI: Laughton capitalizes on Grubauer's misplay

3. THREE STARS

1. Jakub Voracek: Recorded three assists to bring his total to nine helpers in the first five games of the season… His nine points leads the Flyers.

2. Sean Couturier: Recorded a three-point night and fourth career two-goal game to go along with a +4 rating… Couturier is off to the best start of his NHL career with six points in five games.

3. Scott Laughton: Recorded his first two-goal game of his NHL career, including his first shorthanded goal, and posted three shots and four hits to lead the Flyers.

4. STATS & STORYLINES

WHATS THAT LINE?: Perhaps the second biggest storyline to dominate training camp and preseason was the shift to left wing by captain Claude Giroux with Sean Couturier taking the top-line center role and Jakub Voracek on the other side.

Well, that line didn't disappoint in the opener. That line combined for 10 points in the win with four goals and six assists.

It kicked off with Giroux's cross ice pass to Voracek driving to the net, then Couturier picked up the rebound gave the Flyers that early 1-0 lead.

The trio struck again just past the midway point of the second to give the Flyers a 4-1 lead - Voracek again used his sharp cut back to gain separation and keep pressure in the Washington Zone. Shortly there after, Couturier threw a puck at the net from the left circle and Giroux tipped it home.

And about the captain - he led all players in the game with a four-point night, recording a pair of goals and assists.Video: WSH@PHI: Giroux tips home Couturier's shot

AN EIGHT SPOT: The Flyers put up eight goals in a game for the first time in nearly six years. The last occasion was November 5, 2011 when they beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 9-2. It's the eighth time in their history that they've done it to Washington - the last occasion came on Nov. 3, 2005 when they beat the Capitals 8-1 in Philadelphia.
 
The last time the Flyers had eight or more goals in a home opener was October 7, 1982 when they beat Quebec 9-5 at the Spectrum.

EVEN-STEVEN: The only thing that was even in this game was the majority of the Flyers goals, which came at even-strength… Six of the eight Flyers goals came on a five-on-five situation.

GETTING HIS FIL: Valtteri Filppula played his 800th game in the NHL and celebrated by grabbing a key goal for the Flyers, giving them the 5-2 lead after the Caps pushed back to bring it within two immediately after Giroux's goal.Video: WSH@PHI: Filppula slams home the feed from Weal

MULTI-TALENTED: The Flyers had three players register multi-goal games (Couturier, Giroux & Laughton), while six different Flyers registered multi-point games led by Giroux with a four-point night… Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Flyers had three different players with two or more goals in a game was Dec. 8, 2009 when Giroux, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards each scored two goals in a 6-2 win over the New York Islanders.

WHO YOU GONNA CALL?: Shayne Gostisbehere posted another three-point night… It's the third time he's done so in his young career, with two of them coming this season… Gostisbehere ranks second on the team in scoring with eight points as well as time-on-ice per-game at 22:13… Gostisbehere also has back-to-back multi-point games, recording five points (all assists) in his last two.

5. THEY SAID IT

"It feels really good to get a win like that. Especially in the home opener with a sold out crowd like that. It is really big for our group but at the same time we got to have a good home stretch here and keep going."
- Scott LaughtonVideo: Hear from Simmonds following 8-2 win over WSH


"Those guys are continuing to build chemistry and that is obviously real important for our hockey team. They were one of the lines that had a good night tonight, I thought everybody did their part."
- Flyers head coach, Dave HakstolVideo: Hear from coach Hakstol following 8-2 win over WSH

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