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POSTGAME 5: Hats Off, Part 2

Couturier's hat trick powers Flyers past Bruins, 4-3 on Wednesday Night Hockey

by Flyers & Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Sean Couturier rallied the Flyers back from an early 0-2 deficit, while Carter Hart made a career-high 39 saves to beat the Bruins, 4-3, on Wednesday Night Hockey.

David Pastrnak and Peter Cehlarik got Boston on the board within the first 10 minutes, but the Flyers tallied four straight goals, while also killing off a five-minute major, to building a 4-2 lead. 

Oskar Lindblom kicked things off for the Flyers with the rest of the tallies coming from Couturier. Cehlarik tallied his second of the game on a late 6-on-5 situation, but the Flyers held on for the win. Jaroslav Halak stopped 15 of 19 shots to take the loss.

Stars of the Game:
1 - Sean Couturier (Hat Trick)
2 - Carter Hart (39 saves)
3 - Peter Cehlarik (2g, +2)

TURNING POINT
This one turned on the Flyers' 5-minute major penalty kill, which preserved a one-goal lead late in the second period and early in the third period. Having just scored three straight goals to grab the lead, Jori Lehtera was called for boarding, and received a game misconduct. One of the top power plays in the NHL went to work, but ultimately had nothing to show for it.Video: BOS@PHI: Hart uses glove to deny Donato on the break

MELTZER'S TAKE

1) The Flyers played with fire early with loose play and eventually got burned. The best opportunity on the Flyers' first power play was a shorthanded scoring chance for Boston. Then Boston's David Pastrnak took a feed from Torey Krug and cashed on a Jori Lehterä tripping penalty to forge a 1-0 lead at 4:39. The Flyers were held shotless through 7:13. 

2) Hart stoned Pastrnak on a breakaway to keep the deficit to 1-0 but had no chance on a perfectly executed pass from Jake DeBrusk to Peter Cehlarik and a made-no-mistake finish by Cehlarik. No goalie was stopping that one. Claude Giroux was basically caught in no man's land, and once the pass got across, it was all over.

3) Oskar Lindblom had been all around scoring a goal in recent games and finally broke his long drought at 12:44 of the first period, tallying from the left slot off a feed from team captain Claude Giroux... Lindblom even made several good penalty killing plays in the third period: a clutch chip-play to get a needed clear, sealing off his check on the boards and providing an easy clear from the D, and later providing support to Scott Laughton on yet another clear.  Video: BOS@PHI: Lindblom scores for Giroux's 500th assist

4) Hart continued to see numerous tough chances. Midway through regulation, he robbed Ryan Donato one-on-one after Sanheim turned the puck over near the blueline and Donato went around the defender to go in on Hart. As the second period progressed, Hart's solid positioning and puck-tracking made several tough saves look easy. The Flyers PK and Hart stepped up late in the period through the first 3:12 of a five-minute penalty kill on a Lehterä boarding major. The Bruins took 1:48 of carryover time into the third period.

5) Couturier completed his hat trick with a five-hole goal on Halak from the left circle. Lindblom, who made an outstanding play on the defensive wall to allow for the exit, got the primary assist. Provorov also collected an apple.The goal was a back-breaker for Boston, who had been dominating. Video: BOS@PHI: Couturier records first regular-season hatty

JUST THE STATS

* Sean Couturier recorded his first regular season hat trick - his previous two have come in the Playoffs, both against the Penguins.

* In addition to his hat trick, Sean Couturier extended his point streak to five straight games - he has nine points (4g-5a) during this stretch.

* With his assist on the first goal, Claude Giroux posted his 500th assist in the NHL and as a Flyer... He is one of only two players in Flyers history to reach 500 assists (Bob Clarke - 852).

* Tonight was the second straight game, and third time in the last 5 weeks, that the Flyers have overcome an 0-2 hole to come back and win.

* The Flyers improved their record to 5-2-1 when sporting their third jerseys and have outscored the opposition 26-15.

THEY SAID IT

Video: Scott Gordon on Flyers comeback win over BostonVideo: Hart, Couturier, Lindblom postgame reaction

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