RALEIGH, N.C. _ The Flyers played almost a perfect game Thursday, but after their 8-1 romp past host Carolina, center Danny Briere said his team was too flat in the second period.
You have to admire that kind of attitude. You have to admire how this team isn’t satisfied unless it plays a flawless 60 minutes. You have to admire the chemistry Peter Laviolette’s surging club is building.
Jeff Carter had a hat trick, Briere scored two goals, Andrej Meszaros was plus-4, and goalie Sergei “Bob” Bobrovsky played another stellar game Thursday.
Those were the highlights, but everyone contributed.
Take Jody Shelley, for instance. Shelley had his best game as a Flyer as he had eight hits and an assist. Andres Nodl (six hits, assist) also had another strong game, and Claude Giroux (two assists) and Scott Hartnell (goal, assist) also excelled.
All told, 14 Flyers had points.
Oh, and the special teams were, well, special. The power play was 2 for 2 _ Carter had both goals _ and has been sensational in the last eight games.
How much does the PP success translate to wins?
In their first eight games, the Flyers’ power play was 3 for 35 (8.6 percent); the Flyers had a 3-4-1 record in that span.
In their last eight games, their PP is 11 for 34 (32.3 percent); the Flyers are 7-0-1 in that stretch.
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Breakaways: The Flyers are 10-4-2; they were 10-5-1 at this point last season…..Carter’s hat trick was the 184th in Flyers’ history….Brian Smith, the Flyers’ stat guru, noted that the club is 162-10-9 when one of its players notches a hat trick…..Giroux has four shorthanded points, tops in the NHL…..Defenseman Sean O’Donnell is now among the NHL leaders at plus-10…..The Flyers scored the most goals since an 8-2 win over visiting Pittsburgh on Dec. 11, 2007.