Flyers beat up on Hurricanes

Philadelphia, PA ( – Wayne Simmonds, Scott Laughton and
Jakub Voracek each posted a goal and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers
thumped the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, on Saturday.

Michael Raffl and Sean Couturier each scored while Steve Mason made 25 saves
for the Flyers, who have won the first two games of a four-game homestand.

Eric Staal had the lone goal of the game for the Hurricanes, who have lost
five straight. Anton Khudobin allowed all five goals on 23 shots in the loss.

It took just 53 seconds for the Flyers to grab the lead, as Couturier was able
to put in his own rebound from the right side for his seventh goal of the

The Flyers made it a 2-0 game at 11:27 of the first when Brayden Schenn fired
a pass off the right boards for Simmonds, who leaned into the shot that beat
Khudobin cleanly for his 13th goal of the year.

Just 2:06 into the second, the Hurricanes got on the board with a power-play
goal as Staal flew down the left wing and was able to beat Mason with a
wraparound from the right side.

Philly, though, got it back less than three minutes later with a power-play
marker of its own. Claude Giroux sent a pass from the left boards to the low
left side where Simmonds quickly snapped it to the right of the net and
Voracek finished it off for his 11th of the season.

Laughton was able to notch his first career goal at 7:29 of the second as he
picked the puck up along the right boards and banged a wrister in off the far

It was a 5-1 game 2 1/2 minutes later after Raffl banged home a rebound from
the left side for his eighth of the season.

Mason turned aside 11 shots in the final period to polish off the win.

Game Notes

This was the first of five matchups between these clubs this year … Philly
hosts Tampa Bay on Tuesday … Carolina plays at Montreal on Tuesday …
Giroux finished with two assists … Couturier has a six-game point streak,
with three goals and four assists during that time.