HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
In the front end of a weekend home-and-home set, the Philadelphia Flyers skated to a 5-2 blowout win over New York Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday evening.
Philadelphia dominated the lion's share of the game. outshooting and outchancing the Rangers in all three periods.
Jesper Fast and Sean Couturier (20th) scored offsetting goals in the first period. James van Riemsdyk (19th) and Claude Giroux (18th) built a 3-1 edge for the Flyers. In the third period, Giroux struck again (19th) and Kevin Hayes (22nd) later supplemented. Jakub Voracek racked up four assists.
After allowing an early rebound goal, Carter Hart was outstanding the rest of the way whenever called upon. He stopped 26 of 28 shots. Alexandar Georgiev, starting for the third time in four nights, took the loss. He stoped 35 of 40 shots.
1st: Jakub Voracek (4a)
2nd: Claude Giroux (2g)
3rd: Carter Hart (26 of 28 saves)
Once Voracek's hustle created the Flyers first goal to even the game at 1-1, Philly basically steamrolled New York the rest of the way. New York losing Chris Kreider to a foot injury in the first period was definitely a setback, but team-vs-team, the Flyers dictated the game.Video: NYR@PHI: Hayes hammers Voracek one-timer off the rush
1) Jesper Fast made a nice one-handed follow-up on his shot on the Rangers' goal at 2:49 of the first period, but it was an initial shot that Hart should have been able to glove cleanly and did not. Later in the period, Hart made two excellent saves on Panarin in a pair of different sequences.
2) The Flyers took over territorial control as the first period moved along. Finally, they drew even on the scoreboard. Jakub Voracek hustled to a loose puck behind the net, helped be a broken stick laying on the ice. Couturier went to the net, took the feed, and scored point blank for his third straight 20+ goal season.
3) Hart made two more strong saves on Panarin; one at even strength and one on the power play in the second period. Then the Flyers began to dominate the game again, and eventually broke through. Shot attempts were 22-13 Flyers (54-30 Flyers through two periods). High-danger scoring chances were 6-1 Flyers (10-3 Flyers overall).Video: NYR@PHI: Hart robs Panarin with great save
4) On the Flyers' second goal, Nicolas Aube-Kubel shot from the right circle: a rising shot, not a shot for the far pad, but it had the same outcome. The puck rebounded to JVR on the opposite side, who potted it at 13:00. Giroux was knock-knock-knocking on the door all night and finally buried a Couturier feed with a right circle one-timer at 15;05 Voracek picked up his second assist of the game.
5) Excellent puck movement and the use of the play where Claude Giroux drops below the goal line culminated in the power play goal that made it 4-1 Flyers at 2:36 of the 3rd period. Voracek made it four assists, creating a 3-on-1 right after his own delay of game penalty expired. Hayes buried Voracek's perfect feed for a 5-1 lead.
* The Flyers close out February with a 10-3-0 record, their second 10-win month of the season (November: 10-2-4).
* The Flyers also improved to 23-5-4 through 33 home games, which is 10th all-time in franchise history through 65 games of a season.
* For the first time this season, the Flyers scored four or more goals for the fifth straight game.
* Jake Voracek tied a career high with four assists, and he is the first player in Flyers history to record a four-assist game against the New York Rangers.
* Sean Couturier posted his 13th multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist.
* The Flyers improved to 18-0-1 in games where Kevin Hayes scores a goal.
* Scott Laughton has three straight two-point games, recording six points in this stretch (2g-4a), while Nicolas Aube-Kubel has points in four of his last five games (2g-2a)...
* The Flyers face off against the Rangers again when they travel to Manhattan in a Sunday matinee in front of a national audience on NBC, and as always, on 97.5 The Fanatic. Puck drop is 12:30 p.m.
THEY SAID IT
Video: Hear from Giroux, Steigauf, Hayes and Hart after winVideo: Hear from Flyers coach following win over NYR