Jeff Carter has only two goals in his last 11 games, but the center is showing his value in other areas.
Never was that more evident than Thursday, when Carter's two assists helped the streaking Flyers break away from a tight game and defeat the Ottawa Senators, 5-1, at the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers have won five straight and are now 10-4-1.
A brilliant feed from Carter set up James van Riemsdyk's power-play goal late in the second period, giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead.
Early in the third period, Danny Briere _ who had two goals after missing four games with a leg injury _ scored by swatting a mid-air rebound into the net. The original shot was taken by Carter.
"I talked to Jeff yesterday and I think sometimes when you may not be scoring at the pace you’re used to, you start trying to be a little too cute when you shoot the puck," coach John Stevens said. "But he does so many other things that can help your team win. It’s not just the goals that go in the net. I thought he was instrumental in a couple of those goals by just doing what he does; he skates hard, he was a good defender tonight, he was hard on the puck. He uses his speed to get in areas where he can get the puck to the net that ultimately resulted in goals.
"It’s great to see guys contribute in different ways. Jeff is going to be there to score a lot of big goals, but he’s capable of helping in a lot of other ways.”
Carter led the Flyers with six shots.
Goalie Ray Emery was solid in his first game against his ex-teammates, but the Flyers did a great job in front of him. After a listless start, the Flyers gradually took control and pulled away with a 3-0 final period.
The Flyers only allowed just 23 shots, and Emery did not have to make many big saves.
Notes. The Flyers won 57 percent of the faceoffs.....The Flyers were 2 for 4 on the power play, and they have converted a league-best 27.9 percent this season....Braydon Coburn blocked four shots and had an assist...Ian Laperriere led the Flyers with five hits.....Besides Carter, Chris Pronger and Kimmo Timonen had two assists apiece....The Flyers had just two penalties _ three fewer than the Senators....The Flyers host Buffalo Saturday night..