Flyers Trio Shines in Win Over Canes
It didn’t take Claude Giroux long to torment the Carolina Hurricanes.
Just 1:19 into Monday night’s game in Raleigh, Giroux scored on a breakaway to give the Philadelphia Flyers (10-4-3) a 1-0 lead. The breakaway started with a brilliant pass from Jaromir Jagr during a Hurricanes (6-9-3) line change.
On the game’s second goal, another top performer for the Flyers recently made his presence felt in the RBC Center. Jakub Voracek stole the puck from a Carolina defender behind the net and fed Maxime Talbot. Talbot crushed the one-timer past goalie Cam Ward to give the Flyers a 2-0 advantage.
With Philadelphia heading to the power play to end the period, the dominating Flyers looked to be in complete control. However, Carolina forward Patrick Dwyer scored a short-handed goal with just one second remaining in the period.
Despite the loss of momentum at the end of the first period, the Flyers bounced back early in the second. Once again, it was Giroux who made the Hurricanes pay.
Giroux skated the puck into the Hurricanes zone. He looked to the middle of the ice and then abruptly looked at Ward and snapped a wrist shot over his left shoulder.
On a power play with 13:02 remaining in the period, Giroux sent a shot that was deflected by Wayne Simmonds to give the Flyers a 4-1 advantage.
Again, it seemed as if the Flyers had a chokehold on the Hurricanes. With 7:59 remaining in the second, Tuomo Ruutu gave Carolina new life when he beat Sergei Bobrovsky on a 4-on-3 break.
In the third, it was Dwyer again who was a thorn in the sides of the orange and black. On a botched zone entry by Jagr, Dwyer gained control of the puck and skated into Philadelphia’s zone.
Giroux did his best to backcheck the puck from Dwyer to no avail. Defenseman Kimmo Timonen ended up hooking Dwyer and the result was a penalty shot.
On the shot, Dwyer scored his second short-handed goal of the game as he easily beat Bobrovsky with 15:24 remaining in the game.
Philadelphia was in dire need of an insurance goal to make the score 5-3. Voracek made sure they got it.
With 3:51 left, Voracek found Matt Read for a beautiful goal that sealed the game for the Flyers. Read was also shaken up on the play as he went head-first into the boards.
Giroux, Read and Voracek were involved in each of the Flyers’ five goals. Giroux has now earned seven points in two games against the Hurricanes this season.
Read continues to show why some pundits tabbed him an early favorite for the Calder Trophy this season.
For Voracek, he’s starting to show what many had hoped to see from him earlier this season. His two assists gave him seven points in his last four games. In the season’s first 13 games, the young forward had just five points.
Instead of up-and-down play dictated by the pace and tempo of the game around him, Voracek is asserting himself. Monday, he showed defensive ability when he stripped the puck and great vision to set up Talbot. On his second assist, he used fantastic speed and placed the puck where only Read could get to it to score.
He has finally started clicking.
Read keeps clicking with him.
As for Giroux, it’s a shock when he’s not clicking.
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