Couturier returns, lifts Flyers past Capitals
The Philadelphia Flyers bounced back last night after another rough series against the Boston Bruins in which they dropped both games, beating the Washington Capitals 7-4 in a rollercoaster of a game. It was Sean Couturier’s first game back from injury and Coots quickly reminded everyone how important he is to this Flyers’ team, tallying three points and finishing with two goals and one assist. Couturier scored the game winning goal and put up an impressive plus 4-rating.
The Flyers are now 8-3-2 and sit in second place behind the Bruins in the East Division.
Scott Laughton notched his first career hat trick. The first two goals brought the Flyers back from a 2-0 deficit and the third gave the Flyers some breathing room and a 6-4 advantage. Laughton is turning himself into a Capitals killer and has five goals in the last two matchups against Washington.
The entire Laughton-JVR-Farabee line has been incredible for the Flyers. JVR is currently riding a seven-game point streak with four goals and nine assists and sits at number four in the entire NHL with 18 points.
Carter Hart was under fire all game long and faced 36 shots, denying 32 of them. Defense has definitely been an area of concern for the Flyers and losing Travis Sanheim for COVID-19 protocols reasons definitely hurt the Flyers. Injuries and COVID-19 protocols have left the Flyers with six difference combinations on defense in the last eight games.
The Flyers look to keep things rolling tomorrow evening vs the Capitals.
Mandatory Credit: The Philadelphia Inquirer