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Early 2nd Period Offense Sparks Flyers

It's safe to say the Flyers are officially hot.

The Flyers won again, this time a convincing 5-2 win over the Islanders. It's their third straight win and sixth in the last seven games in which they earned 13 out of 14 points.

Standing at 10-10-2 comes to a big shock after the team looked loss in its 1-7 record to start the season.

“I think we’ve been through a little bit this season, and I think the team has been playing well since the coaching change," Wayne Simmonds said after the game. "We have stuck to our structure, we’ve gained confidence game in and game out and we are just getting better every game.”

The offense exploded for three goals in the opening four minutes of the second period, chasing New York starter Kevin Poulin from the game.

Matt Read scored the first of two goals just 46 seconds into the second period. Sean Couturier and Steve Downie assisted on the goals en route to another impressive game by the checking line.

"I think, just for us three, we're just trying to keep it simple," Read said, reiterating what he said on Thursday. "Get pucks deep, cycle pucks, get pucks to the net, and out work the team in their zone.  

"If we're playing against their top line, they can't score in their defensive zone, so we concentrate on getting pucks deep, and having a good F3, and going from there."

59 seconds later, the second line got into the scoring act. Off a breakout, Vincent Lecavalier dished the puck over to Simmonds and the winger put a shot past Poulin to make it 2-0.

Just over two minutes after that, Claude Giroux scored on the power play, giving Philadelphia a 3-0 lead and ending Poulin's game. It was the sixth straight game the Flyers power play unit scored.

The Islanders found an answer at the end of the period thanks to John Tavares' 10th goal of the season. They then cut the lead to 3-2 on Eric Boulton's first of the season to open the third.

Boulton's goal could have swung the momentum in favor of New York but the Flyers finished the Islanders off, a problem that manifested in the early part of the season that led to many lost games.

Brayden Schenn added to his strong early season showing with his seventh goal of the season to give the Flyers a 4-2 lead. In the final minute, Read put in his second of the game and eighth of the year to ice the game.


John Russo
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