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Powered By The Youngsters, Flyers Defeat Hurricanes 2-1

The Flyers were able to present coach Peter Laviolette his 100th victory with the team on Tuesday night, powered by the stellar play of their rookies and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

The team held off the Carolina Hurricanes in a 2-1 win, effectively winning the season series three games to one.

Bobrovsky continued his strong play and came up huge in this one, making 33 saves on 34 shots and bailing his team out of some dangerous situations when there were defensive breakdowns around the net.

Bobrovsky flourished late in the third period, when the Hurricanes had numerous chances to tie it up thanks to a struggling Flyers’ defense.

But the real story of this game was the play of the rookies, namely Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier.

After some nifty passing on their way back into the Hurricanes’ zone, Schenn scored 4:20 into the second period, on a rebound from a Wayne Simmonds shot. The goal gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead and Schenn his second goal of the season.

Couturier scored his seventh goal of the season less than four minutes into the third period to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead. His linemate, Harry Zolnierczyk, used his speed and skill to put the play into motion.

After taking a high stick to the face that went unnoticed by the refs, Zolnierczyk went right for the net, and managed to draw the two Carolina defensemen along with him, freeing up space for Couturier to put the puck in the net with a wrister.

 It was a defensive miscue for the ‘Canes, but a great play by the Flyers rookies.  

Zolnierczyk contributed quite a bit in this one, more than just the assist on the Couturier goal. His speed allowed him to create numerous chances for his teammates, and his gritty play towards the end of the third helped break up a potential Hurricanes rush.

Altogether, the Flyers rookies combined for 10 shots on goal out of the 37 total for the team and were creating chances all over the ice tonight.

Though it is expected, there is no guarantee that the Flyers’ top contributors will always have strong performances. Thankfully, the team is stacked with enough talented players that can step up when others are struggling.

In case there was any doubt, tonight’s game was proof that even when the top guys aren’t contributing, the Flyers have enough depth to make up for it.

It has now been three games in which the top line of Jaromir Jagr, Claude Giroux, and Scott Hartnell has not recorded a point. The Flyers are 2-1 in those three games.

While they will not always have big games, the Flyers rookies are constantly working hard to better their game and better the team’s chances of winning.

Tonight, the credit for the victory goes to them.