Saturday’s game against the Flyers portrayed a very different looking team than the previous evening with the Hawks. I’m convinced the team was feeling the spirit of Halloween and dressed as the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The only change to the lineup was Brian Boucher. The Canes’ backup goalie isn’t expecged to weather the storm alone, but the last couple goals were stuffed in behind him as he was parked high in the crease. Philadelphia did play a tight game. Giroux had a goal and three assists. Hartnell snagged a goal and two helpers. Jagr also claimed two goals. Talbot also had a short-handed goal. Four of those goals were given up in the third period.
Gleason took a high stick from Hartnell for the early for extra man advantage. Staal had a shot a minute into the power play but the confidence lacking Bryzgalov denied the shot. Flyers not only killed the power play, but Hartnell pulled a Sutter and scored out of the box, his fourth of the season. The assist might as well gone to the man he offended, Tim Gleason, when the defenseman made a poorly timed pass up the middle.
Unlike Friday, Canes had a tough time keeping control of the puck and spent a lot of time in their own zone. Boychuk had a nice shot off a face-off win from Tim Brent that was swallowed by the Flyers’ goalie. Joni Pitkanen was sent to the box for hooking, but two minutes were successfully snuffed by Canes. Shots were even at 10 a piece after 20 minutes.
In a strange play, a Flyers player took Bryagalov completely out of his crease on a barreling dive. Jussi Jokinen took advantage of the opening, but not without the play-making ability of Chad LaRose, however, the primary assist went to Gleason. The unit continued to be effective with obvious chemistry.
Boucher plucked the puck away from Jagr on what appeared to be a tough shot. Gleason took a hooking penalty to give Philly their second power play of the evening. Thankfully, Carolina continued to tackle the penalty kills with a success.
Jagr got his fourth goal of the season just 39 seconds into the final round. Although, the seasoned player soon caused an interference and headed to solitary confinement only to have Talbot obtained a short-handed goal to increase the lead to 3-1. Then the salt trucks arrived. They came not for the snowy streets of Philadelphia, but to administered salt into the Canes’ bleeding wounds. Talbot, Giroux, and Jagr would all find the back of the net before the contest ended 5-1.