Friday, July 3, 2015

Rookies spark Flyers

OTTAWA, Ontario _ The Flyers' best rookie, from all accounts, is still playing for the AHL Phantoms.

Rookies spark Flyers

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   OTTAWA, Ontario _ The Flyers' best rookie, from all accounts, is still playing for the AHL Phantoms.

   That would be Brayden Schenn.

   But the stock of the other first-year players is rising. Quickly.

    Rookies Matt Read (goal, three assists), Sean Couturier (goal, assist), Harry "Alphabet Man" Zolnierczyk (goal) and Zac Rinaldo (assist) combined for three goals, five assists and eight points Tuesday night, highlighting the Flyers' 7-2 romp in Ottawa.

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     The four rookies helped the Flyers end a seven-game losing streak in Ottawa.

     Couturier and Zolnierczyk scored their first NHL goals; it marked the first time two Flyers had scored their first career goals in the same game since Justin Williams and Petr Hubacek did it on Oct. 5, 2000 against Vacouver.

    CouturierThe Flyers were 3 for 6 on the PP, making them an eye-opening 7 for 18 in their last three games.

     The Flyers are off to a 4-0-1 start _ and Jaromir Jagr has yet to score a goal. You have to go back to 1986 to find a Flyers team that had a better start (5-0).

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  After the game, Ottawa held a 20-minute closed-door meeting to try to figure out why it has allowed seven goals in each of its last two home games.

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