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Flyers respond with authority, dominate Capitals for 7-2 victory

Touchdown Flyers!

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Three Stars

Sure as shit not the referees I’ll tell you that much.

1. Sean Couturier

Amazing what a guy whose ceiling is just that of a 3C can do, eh?

Couturier was amazing in this game, and continued his recent hot streak that has him at 18 points over his last 15 games. While only five of those points have been goals, Couturier’s impact has been noticeable and then some over the past few weeks. Not only on the offensive side of the puck, his defensive impact has been even more noticeable as well of late. He’s playing some of his best hockey right now, and solidifying his case for the Selke come season’s end.

2. Brian Elliott

Moose was spectacular for the orange and black tonight, making the big saves when he needed to including the dazzler on Richard Panik. The Flyers needed a game like this from Elliott after the nightmare that was the Devils game. By no means was that game his fault, but they needed a game like this from him where when the Flyers got the lead, he made the big saves on the incoming push.

3. NAK

Nicolas Aube-Kubel was awesome tonight. He’s been fun to watch since he came up from the Phantoms earlier this season, and to see him perform so well after finally getting his chance is great to see. He had a sweet snipe tonight, made a great move to set up Michael Raffl for his goal, and fought to complete the Gordie Howe hat trick. If he can keep performing like this, and bring that physical, gritty edge consistently, he’s going to stay in the lineup.

Answering the bell

1. Can the Flyers break out of the funk?

2. Can the power play show improvement?

Surprisingly enough, yes! The Couturier power play goal was a thing of beauty, and a prime example of the kind offense that opens up when you go below the goal line. Claude Giroux made a perfect pass and Couturier made no mistake hitting the back of the net. The Flyers would struggle on their other attempts, but even then looked better than they did with the old set up.

Play of the game

There was so much to choose from in this game, but I think it has to go to the breakaway goal from Couturier... is what I would have said if Giroux did not score point number 800 tonight. He becomes just the fourth Philadelphia Flyer in team history to score 800 points in his career, joining Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber, and Brian Propp. Congrats Claude, celebrate with many grilled cheese sandwiches.

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