After Thursday’s 6-2 loss in New Jersey, Flyers center Sean Couturier said he and the team needed to come out on fire.
And that is what happened with Couturier playing a leading role in Sunday’s 4-3 overtime win over the visiting Carolina Hurricanes.
Couturier had the first three-assist game of his career and was stopped by Cam Ward on some other scoring chances.
“He was good right from the drop of the puck tonight,” said Brayden Schenn, who scored the game-winner 38 seconds into overtime on a rebound of a Couturier shot. “…Good on the forecheck and made a lot of plays.”
Couturer says the loss to New Jersey provided ample motivation.
“We were disappointed the way we played in Jersey, low energy and weren’t there mentally too,” Couturier said. “Tonight a few days rest we got prepared for a big game against Carolina and needed these two points.”
Couturier was almost the goat. His slashing penalty against Ward with 9 minutes and 33 seconds left in the third period led to the Hurricanes power play goal by Jordan Staal with 8:11 remaining. It gave Carolina a 3-2 lead with its third straight goal.
“I put myself in a bad spot and it was a bad penalty,” Couturier said. “I don’t agree with the referee’s call but I can't put myself in that situation in that spot.”
As soon as Carolina scored, Couturier was hoping for redemption.
“I really wanted to get a shot back at tying the game up and getting the win,” he said. “I am just happy we won at the end.”
In overtime after winning the faceoff, Couturier took a pass from Ivan Provorov and skated more than three quarters of the length of the ice. Along the way he skated by forward Teuvo Teravianen, going in on goal only to be stopped by Ward. Schenn was there to bang in the rebound for his fourth career overtime goal.
“Provey hit me with with speed and I tried to attack the forward, he was skating backwards, it was tough for him,” Couturier said. “I got the puck to the net and Schenner jumped on the loose puck.”
Couturier is coming on as of late. In his last eight games he has two goals and seven assists and a plus-9 rating.
Sunday was a continuation of his strong play.