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Flyers improve to 9-0-1 in past 10, hand Ducks seventh straight loss

Hart extends personal winning streak to eight; Anaheim has two wins in 21 games

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Couturier banks in top-shelf goal

ANA@PHI: Couturier goes top shelf on Johnson

Sean Couturier collects the puck in the circle and lifts a wrist shot over Chad Johnson to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead in the 1st period

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PHILADELPHIA -- Carter Hart  matched an NHL record with his eighth straight win for the Philadelphia Flyers when they handed the Anaheim Ducks their seventh consecutive loss, 6-2 at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

The 20-year-old goalie made 30 saves and tied Jocelyn Thibault for the longest winning streak by a goalie before his 21st birthday.

"I don't really look at those things," Hart said. "It's cool, but we just want to win hockey games, and right now we've been playing really good hockey."

Sean Couturier had a goal and two assists for Philadelphia (25-23-7), which is 9-0-1 in its past 10 games. Phil Varone, Michael Raffl and Travis Konecny each had a goal and an assist.

Nick Ritchie had a goal and an assist for the Ducks (21-26-9). Adam Henrique scored, and Kevin Boyle made 24 saves in his NHL debut. 

Anaheim has two wins in its past 21 games (2-15-4).

"It's frazzled and it's hard," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "You don't expect to have to live through this stuff for this extended period of time."

Varone gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead 2:44 into the first period with a shot from the right hash marks, and Couturier scored to make it 2-0 at 10:24.

Couturier has scored in four straight games and has nine points (four goals, five assists) during a six-game point streak.

Raffl made it 3-0 with a shorthanded goal at 11:44, and Oskar Lindblom had Couturier's centering pass go in off his right skate at 17:46 to make it 4-0.

"Feels good to have an impact," Raffl said. "It's not an easy job to do, to be at your best when you go out there and play eight minutes. You're not really in the game. It was big for us tonight. I think a big confidence boost for our line."

Boyle, who was recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Saturday, replaced Chad Johnson at the start of the second period. Johnson allowed four goals on 14 shots in the first.

Boyle, who was born in Manalapan, New Jersey, about 60 miles northeast of Philadelphia, said his parents and his brother and sister-in-law were at the game.

"It was kind of a nerve-racking experience getting the call after the first period," he said. "But as a goalie you've always got to be ready. ... I went out there and tried to have fun with it."

Henrique scored a power-play goal 51 seconds into the second period to make it 4-1. The goal was upheld after Flyers coach Scott Gordon unsuccessfully challenged that the play was offside.

Ritchie made it 4-2 with a power-play goal at 4:57 of the third period.

Hart made a stick save on a Brandon Montour shot from the right circle, then stopped Jakob Silfverberg with his blocker on a rebound chance right in front in the third period.

"He's made some big saves," Couturier said. "He's been keeping us in games. Makes us believe even if we're not playing our best. We try to make it as easy as we can on him, but sometimes we make it tough."

Nolan Patrick's power-play goal at 12:15 put the Flyers ahead 5-2, and Konecny scored on a rebound with 1:11 remaining to make it 6-2.

They said it

"They get their four goals in an area that we have got to defend. [We] cannot continually give people goals from that area and be [anything] other than critical of your group for giving that up. The 1-on-1 battles and defending with some stiffness... we didn't do that." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

"We weren't happy with our start against [the Los Angeles Kings in a 3-2 shootout loss on Thursday]. I think they were on top of us. We put an emphasis on that this morning when we were talking." -- Flyers forward Phil Varone

Need to know

Thibault went 8-0-0 with the Quebec Nordiques from March 6-26, 1995. ... The Flyers acquired forward Byron Froese and defenseman David Schlemko in a trade from the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Christin Folin and forward Dale Weise prior to the game. Froese and Schlemko each was assigned to Lehigh Valley of the AHL. ... The Flyers scored four goals in the first period for the first time this season. ... Voracek has eight points (two goals, six assists) during a six-game point streak. ... The Ducks have been outscored 37-8 during their losing streak.

What's next:

Ducks: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; SN1, FS-W, ESPN+, NHL.TV)

Flyers: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, NBCSP, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)

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