Five-Star Flyers Coast Past Carolina
A Philadelphia side gradually finding its groove made short work of the Carolina Hurricanes last night as a Claude Giroux double helped them on their way to a comfortable 5-3 win on the road.
Indeed, it was Giroux who opened the scoring for the visitors in the second minute and Maxime Talbot doubled the advantage six minutes later before Patrick Dwyer scored a short-handed goal in the dying seconds to drag Carolina back into it.
Giroux then struck again early in the second for his 11th goal of the season and Wayne Simmonds took full advantage of a Philadelphia power play to extend the scoreline to 4-1, with Carolina deeply indebted to Tuomo Ruutu’s as they struggled to keep up.
Dwyer’s second short-handed goal of the night set up a grandstand finale in the third period, but the Flyers finally overcame their recent inconsistency as Matt Read closed out the scoring in the 16th minute to ensure that the Flyers won back-to-back games.
The result was enough to push the Flyers level on points with the Pittsburgh Penguins, though they lead their Atlantic division rivals by virtue of a superior goal difference with both sides having played two more games than the in-form New York Rangers.