by George Remaily
The Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday Night played the problem their most complete game of the season as they defeated the Minnesota Wild at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, 5-1. This was a complete sixty minute game for the Flyers. They scored goals, played good defense, and got really good goal-tending.
Flyers Rookie Sean Couturier scored for the Flyers and it was his fifth straight game with a goal. The goal on Tuesday Night was a shorthanded goal on a two-on-one with fellow rookie teammate Matt Read.
Jaromir Jagr had two assists and looked very strong and finally healthy. He played probably one of his best games since recovering from a groin injury. Scott Hartnell reached the 20-goal mark in Tuesday night’s game as well.
Between the pipes for the Philadelphia Flyers was Ilya Bryzgalov who did give up a soft goal but was very sharp and won for the third time in his last nine starts. The Flyers power play had two goals, one from Kimmo Timonen and another from Scott Hartnell. The Flyers have won five of their last seven games.
The Flyers scored three goals in a 5-minute, 37 second span in the second period of the contest to take a commanding 4-1 lead in the game. Couturier scored on a two-on-one when Matt Read made an excellent pass and Couturier put the puck into the Wild’s net. It gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead with 9:33 left in the second period. A little over a minute later the Minnesota Wild got to within 2-1 when Darroll Powe scored on a shot from above the left circle. The Flyers scored two goals in the next four minutes on goals by Braydon Coburn and Scott Hartnell to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-1 lead.
The Flyers got the scoring going in the game as Timonen scored on a slap shot from the point as the Flyers were on a power play. Wayne Simmonds had screened the Wild goalie Josh Harding. The goal game at 2:56 of the opening period of the game.
The team was playing at the Wells Fargo Center for the fifth time in the last 16 games.
Tuesday night’s game starts a string of nine home games in the next 12 games for the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers are 11-6-2 at the Wells Fargo Center and hope to improve on that in the next few games at home. The Flyers need to establish some kind of home ice advantage and this is going to be important as the Flyers go into the second half of the season and into the playoffs.
It is also important that the team continue to play a complete game. They are going to need a lot of those kinds of games in the playoffs. The Flyers can score goals but they are going to need to play excellent defense and also get excellent goaltending to move deep into the playoffs. The Flyers certainly hope that Tuesday night’s effort is a start of a string of games and wins where they will look this good.
The fans certainly hope so and so does the team.