Flyers Freeze Out Blues 6-3

Tyrell Goulbourne needed about 2 minutes to make Philadelphia fans love him. One big hit that lead to a Scott Laughton goal set the tone of a 6-3 win by the Flyers over the St Louis Blues. Goulbourne’s first shift saw him hit Blues Captain Alex Pietrangelo and the puck fell to Laughton who buried his seventh goal of the year unassisted.

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Four and a half minutes later, Claude Giroux got himself on the score sheet banking a goal in off the backside of Blues defender Colton Parayko. The Flyers lead would never shrink past two goals for the remainder of the game.

Midway through the second period, Jordan Weal showed the flashes of brilliance that earned him his lineup spot with a beautiful move off a Jake Voracek feed to tuck in a backhand and make the lead 3-0.

Just over three minutes later, Sean Couturier hit 20 goals for the first time in his career on a two on one odd man rush with Giroux. The Captain saucered a pass to Couturier who directed the puck past Jake Allen for goal number 20 on the season. And the Flyers took the 4-0 lead into the second intermission.

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St. Louis broke the shutout later in the period as Ivan Barbashev roofed a perfect shot over the shoulder of Brian Elliott. Twelve seconds in the third period, Paul Stastny made it 4-2. However, Wayne Simmonds would notch a power play goal later of his own to push the lead to 5-2.

With just over five minutes left, St Louis pulled Jake Allen for an extra attacker and Colton Parayko found the back of the net to make it 5-3. Then, in the final minutes, the Flyers had a comical amount of near misses on the empty net before Sean Couturier would find the goal to seal it with 15 seconds left in the game.

Couturier’s 21st goal gives him 40 points on the season.

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