As they head into Thursday’s reunion-tour game against visiting Tampa Bay, the Flyers are off to an encouraging start.
They got two goals from Jeff Carter _ his second one snapped a 2-2 tie with 2 minutes, 38 seconds left _ as the Flyers outlasted the Colorado Avalanche, 4-2, before a sellout crowd Monday night at the Well Fargo Center.
The Flyers, now 2-0-1, also got an empty-net goal from Darroll Powe.
Mike Richards (two assists, plus-three), Claude Giroux (gorgeous shorthanded goal) and goalie Sergei “Bob” Bobrovsky (25 saves) also played key roles.
But Carter, who is hoping to sign a contract extension during the season, was the game’s most dominating player.
Carter had seven shots and three takeaways to go with his first two goals of the young season. He scored on a backhander from a bad angle on the left, almost at the goal line, to snap a late 2-2 tie. The shot went off the skate of goalie Craig Anderson and between his legs.
Coincidentally, the shot came from almost the exact spot on the ice where Patrick Kane scored the game-winner to give Chicago the Stanley Cup in Game 6 last season.
Carter’s first goal was scored on a breakaway. He intercepted a pass near the defensive blue line while the Flyers were in the final stages of a penalty kill. He scored four seconds after the Flyers’ penalty expired.
In effect, the Flyers created two goals while they were shorthanded.
“I think a lot of that is just good scouting by our coaches, watching video, and kind of knowing what they are doing,” Carter said. “We try to put a lot of pressure on, which creates turnovers, odd-man rushes, and breakaways. With the guys on our team, there’s a good chance that they will go in.”
“Chief gives us free reign to go up the ice when we want to,” said Richards, referring to penalty-killing coach Craig Berube, “….and I think we catch a lot of teams being complacent on the power play.”
In three games, the Flyers have killed 16 of 18 penalties and have two shorthanded goals _ both by Giroux, who looks headed toward a breakout season.
On Thursday, three former Flyers _ Simon Gagne, Steve Downie and Randy Jones _ will come to town with Tampa Bay…..The Flyers had 20 hits _ seven more than the Avs….In an effort to get more offense, coach Peter Laviolette took LW Dan Carcillo off Richards’ line in the second half of the game. James van Riemsdyk, Danny Briere and Giroux spent some time on Richards’ line.