Tracking the Storm: Analysis
Patrick Dwyer scored two goals tonight, his first two goals of the season. They were both shorthanded tallies, the latter one coming on a penalty shot. After the game, Dwyer said his last penalty shot was probably in minor hockey. “It’s nice to get them,” he said of the goals. “It would have been nice to get a W, too.” Considering it was a loss, the room was moderately upbeat after the game. The focus was on the positives, namely the Canes fighting back after being down 4-1 to make it interesting at 4-3. “We battled back and got back in it,” Dwyer said. “That’s what you’ve got to look at right now.” Brian Boucher relieved Cam Ward after Philadelphia scored its fourth goal. Ward made 13 saves on 17 shots. Boucher made 10 saves on 11 shots. “I think after the [goaltending] change, we snapped out of it and started being more aggressive and playing with more urgency,” Boucher said. “It was just a reminder that that’s the way we have to play.” Boucher also looked toward the good that came out of the game. “I think we can take some positives out of it in the sense that when we played our game, I thought we dictated play.” Paul Maurice agreed with this sentiment in saying that he thought the Canes outplayed the Flyers in the latter half of the game. The Canes made some costly mistakes early that ended up being the difference, mainly letting the Flyers’ offense have too much skating room. Claude Giroux, the Flyers leading scorer, had two goals and an assist. “If you give them room, their offense looks great,” Maurice said. The “Finns and Skins” line of Tuomo Ruutu, Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Skinner continues to produce. They accounted for one of the Canes’ goals tonight. Maurice said the best line was LaRose-Sutter-Staal. “There are two lines that I can play really hard,” Maurice said of his top two scoring lines. Zac Dalpe and Zach Boychuk were relegated to the bench for the latter half of the second period and all of the third period. Boychuk had 3:54 of ice time, while Dalpe had just 2:41. When asked what kept them off the ice in the third period, Maurice bluntly answered, “The guys on the ice.” Boychuk played a season-high 15 minutes in New York on Friday night.
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Recap (Associated Press)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Claude Giroux took less than a minute and a half to get his first goal and proceeded to have his most productive game this season.
Giroux finished with two goals and an assist, leading the surging Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.
"It's only one game," said Giroux, who has 11 goals and 11 assists after his first multigoal game of the season. "The other lines brought a lot of energy and got the team going. It was obviously a team effort tonight."
Matt Read added a goal and an assist, and Maxime Talbot and Wayne Simmonds scored the other goals for Philadelphia, which got three assists from Chris Pronger.
Jaromir Jagr added two assists and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 17 shots as the Flyers improved to 6-1-1 on the road.
"I really think it starts with good leadership," said Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette, who coached Carolina to the Stanley Cup title in 2006. "I think our leadership has been excellent, and from there it comes down to competitiveness. We've got a good group in there that really works hard."
"Our first period, believe it or not, has been our sink all year," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "It's something to do with too much room or too much respect for the other team's offense. We give them too much room and their offense looks great."
The Flyers, who have points in seven straight games (5-0-2), are 17-1-3 in their last 21 games against Carolina.
Giroux gave Philadelphia the lead on a rush 79 seconds into the game, taking a lead pass from Jagr and beating Ward glove side.
Talbot made it 2-0 at 8:50, as Read tipped him the puck in the low slot from behind the goal.
Dwyer cut the lead in half with a short-handed goal - the first the Flyers have allowed this season - at 19:59 of the period, as Eric Staal fed him on the rush.
Giroux scored his second of the game on a rush at 2:45 of the second, beating Ward over his left shoulder from the left circle with Jagr getting an assist.
Philadelphia made it 4-1 on a power play at 6:58, as Simmonds deflected Giroux's shot from the left circle between Ward's pads to end the goalie's night.
Ruutu scored later in the second and Dwyer connected on his penalty shot at 4:36 of the third, but Read got the clincher on a rush at 16:09.
NOTES: Jagr has points in eight of his last 10 games. . C Jeff Skinner played in his 100th game for Carolina. . Hurricanes D Joni Pitkanen missed his second straight game (lower body). . The Flyers had no injury scratches. . The teams meet again in Philadelphia next Monday.
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