Game Recap: Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes

The Philadelphia Flyers returned to NHL action last night after a three day lay-off in a big way by dismantling the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh by a final score of 8-1.  The game was never close from the get-go, and, quite frankly, the Flyers would’ve reached double digits had they not hit a few pieces of iron and had an early goal disallowed.  Still, a win is a win, and the Flyers have now gotten points in their last eight games, all while boosting their lead in the Atlantic Division.  On to the quick hits:

–  Sergei Bobrovsky picked up his 9th win of the season (9-2-1) as the Flyers were able to win their sixth game in seven tries.  Bobrovsky made 35 saves for the victory.

Zherdev scores his fifth of the season

–  Jeff Carter recorded his second career hat trick, scoring a natural hat trick and his sixth, seventh, and eighth goals of his season.

–  Danny Briere and Ville Leino had another tremendous game together.  Briere finished with 2 goals and an assist, and Leino had an assist and was +2.  Leino’s assist was his tenth of the season.

–  Nik Zherdev tallied another goal, his third in his last three games, on a breakaway towards the end of the contest to bring the score to 8-1.

–  Cam Ward was pulled after giving up four goals on 13 shots.  Jason Peters came in in relief and also gave up four goals on 13 shots.

Scott Hartnell congratulates Sergei Bobrovsky after the victory

–  The Flyers showed absolutely no signs of being sluggish or rusty despite the fact that the team enjoyed two straight days of golfing during their off-days in Raleigh.

–  If there is one alarming statistic from this game, it’s this: the Flyers were outshot 14-6 in the second period, and 14-11 in the third.  That being said, 8 goals is 8 goals.

–  Only four Flyers skaters did not record a point in this game (Betts, O’Donnell, Carle, Powe).

–  Matt Carle led the Flyers with time on ice (23:17), while Dan Carcillo had the least amount of minutes played (9:03).

–  Andrej Meszaros led all skaters in posting a +4 on the evening.

–  The Flyers are next in action Saturday night against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise.  The team has now entered a stretch in which they will play 10 games in 16 days.

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