The Flyers received an unexpected boost from rookie right winger David Laliberte and defenseman Braydon Coburn Saturday as they trounced Carolina, 6-1, in a fight-filled game at the Wachovia Center.
Laliberte, making his NHL debut and subbing for the injured Danny Briere, scored a goal and collected an assist, while Coburn had a career-high two goals. Scott Hartnell and Matt Carle each had a goal and two assists, and rookie James van Riemsdyk added a goal and an assist.
Carle and van Riemsdyk are making strong bids to earn spots on the U.S. Olympic team.
"Both are under consideration," said Brian Burke, the Team USA general manager.
Three Flyers were inolved in fights _ Ian Laperriere (loss), Arron Asham (win) and Dan Carcillo (draw) _ and Jeff Carter raced to van Riemsdyk's side after he was was driven into the boards by former Flyer Andrew Alberts.
Coburn, who had been mired in a deep slump that caused him to be moved to the third defensive pairing Saturday, liked the way the team was united in the mismatch.
"I think that’s the Flyers," he said. "We’ve got guys that aren’t going to back down to anybody. We’ve got a tight-knight group in here. I think we had guys tonight that are tough guys and that stand up for guys. We’ve got Ash [Asham] and Carcillo and Lappy [Laperriere] and having [David] Laliberte come in fresh off a call-up and really contributing....And the kid, van Riemsdyk, he played phenomenal. He played like a veteran out there."
Ray Emery made 39 saves for the Flyers, who play host to Tampa Bay Monday at 5 p.m.
Blair Betts won 13 of 18 faceoffs (72 percent) in his first game back since he suffered a dislocated right shoulder. The Flyers, who won 64 percent of the facoffs Saturday, are 4-0 with Betts in the lineup and 2-4-1 without him.
Chants of "Let's Go Phillies!" and "Yankees Suck!" filled the Wachovia Center at different points of Saturday afternoon's game.
Notes. Chris Pronger had five blocks and three takeaways....Jeff Carter has not scored a goal in seven straight games....The Flyers said they needed another day before deciding the route Simon Gagne will take to repair his two hernias.