Flyers get 3 power-play goals, beat Hurricanes 5-3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An extra skater worked to Philadelphia's advantage for a change.
Claude Giroux and Danny Briere each had a goal and an assist, and the Flyers broke out of their power-play slump in a 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Kurtis Foster, Brayden Coburn and Mike Knuble also scored for the Flyers, who won for just the third time in nine games.
Philadelphia scored three power-play goals on its first three chances. The Flyers came in 5 for 40 on the power play.
"The power play, sometimes it clicks and sometimes it doesn't," Giroux said. "It's just about making the right plays. When everybody on the ice knows what they're doing, it makes things easier."
Joni Pitkanen, Eric Staal and Patrick Dwyer had Carolina's goals.
"They executed a good power play and they were moving the puck well, and they found the lanes to make the shots," Staal said. "They got in front and they were able to capitalize. For us, we just weren't sharp enough."
Ilya Bryzgalov made several tough saves among his 39 stops and the Flyers continued their dominance over the Hurricanes. They are 23-4-4 against Carolina since Nov. 28, 2003.
Playing just their third home game, the Flyers seemed energized in front of an orange-clad sellout crowd. They scored three goals in an action-filled first period and led the rest of the way.
"I thought we came out hard, had a good start and that first shift set the tone," coach Peter Laviolette said.
Coburn and Briere scored 58 seconds apart for a 3-1 lead in the first. Coburn put one in after goalie Dan Ellis made a save on Jakub Voracek's breakaway shot. The rebound kicked out in front to Coburn, who slipped it into an open net.
With a man-advantage, Briere then redirected Giroux's shot from the side of the net for his first goal of the season.
"We need some more presence in front of the net, trying to find some loose pucks and getting to the gritty areas," Briere said. "That's what the coaches have talked about. This was a great play by Claude, threading the needle right between the legs. The goalie was able to make the initial save and I was able to find the rebound."
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