The first period would end scoreless and the second period featured much of the same as the first- scoring opportunities, goaltenders stepping up and making saves but leaving big rebounds there for the taking. Neither team was able to capitalize on some of these juicy rebounds that Carolina goalie Cam Ward and Bobrovsky were leaving. Finally, the Flyers got on the board when Wayne Simmonds shot was stopped by Ward but a charging Brayden Schenn put it home for a 1-0 lead for the Flyers. The goal was Schenn’s second on the year; his first was pretty memorable. The Hurricanes would respond eight minutes later when Bobrovsky stopped Justin Faulk’s power play shot but could not control the rebound and Jerome Samson beat Bobrovsky for his first career goal and the equalizer. The second period would end with the game tied at 1.
The third period got off to a fast start for the Flyers when, just 3:23 into the period, rookie Sean Couturier’s wrist shot beat Cam Ward stick side to put the Flyers up 2-1. There was some sort of defensive breakdown as Faulk never tried to stop the puck on the two on one opportunity and let Couturier walk right in and score. The Flyers would hold on and Bobrovsky would stop all 14 Hurricane shots in the third to preserve the victory.
The victory was Peter Laviolette’s 100 victory with the Flyers.
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