The Flyers’ power play wounds have healed; for now, at least.
A rocking sellout crowd stood behind the Flyers, and the team delivered. Five minutes into the game, Kurtis Foster scored on a long slapshot, giving the Flyers the lead off the power play.
What followed was a fast-paced first period for both sides. After Joni Pitkanen tied the game for the Carolina Hurricanes, Jakub Voracek broke away into the zone. However, his shot was saved. Braydon Coburn poked the rebound home to regain the lead.
As the Flyers went on another power play, Claude Giroux’s shot was deflected at the side of the net by Danny Briere. The reflection skipped past Dan Ellis, and the Flyers had increased the margin to 3-1.
Half a minute later, Eric Staal forced a Luke Schenn turnover. He broke away and scored past Ilya Bryzgalov to halve the lead. Bryzgalov made 39 fine saves on the night, as the Flyers were outshot 42-24.
A minute into the second period, veteran Mike Knuble pushed the gap back to two when he scored on a wraparound shot. The goal induced Dan Ellis to be benched, and Cam Ward finished the game.
Claude Giroux scored on another power play, and the game sat at 5-2. Patrick Dwyer poked one back, but the Flyers would win it, 5-3.
The Flyers were able to execute on the power play, scoring thrice. They also limited their turnovers, although the problem still exists. The Flyers will host the Lightning Tuesday, 7:30 PM at the Wells Fargo Center.