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Morgan Frost, Claude Giroux star in much-needed win for Flyers over Hurricanes

Morgan Frost, Claude Giroux star in much-needed win for Flyers over Hurricanes

Updated: Friday, 1:10 p.m.

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Call this one the Morgan Frost and Claude Giroux show.

In his second NHL game, Frost looked like the 100-point junior hockey stud he was with the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. In his 842nd NHL game, Giroux looked like Giroux.

Together, the two pushed the Flyers to a much-needed 5-3 win Thursday night over the Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

The Flyers (11-7-4) halted a four-game losing streak. They have two regulation wins since Nov. 5, both against Carolina.

The Hurricanes (13-8-1) entered on a four-game winning streak in which they were scoring 5.25 goals per game.

• There was a chance Frost's call-up to the NHL would be a short one. The 20-year-old rookie isn't going anywhere for now with a roster move ahead.

Frost has lived up to the billing with three points and two goals in two games. He'll be centering Giroux and Travis Konecny at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

An intriguing facet to Frost's game is the threat he poses playing shorthanded. His junior coaches liked him on the penalty kill because of the pressure he put on the opposition's power play. Frost scored eight shorthanded goals over his final two seasons with the Greyhounds.

His second career NHL goal came on the PK right off Giroux winning the faceoff.

Per NHL public relations, Frost is the sixth player in franchise history to score a goal in each of his first two career games, while the last Flyer to do it was David Laliberte in 2009.

The Flyers were looking for an offensive jolt and Frost has given them one through two games (see highlights).

• The Flyers played seven defensemen and healthy scratched forward Andy Andreoff, who seems like a soon-to-be roster casualty with the way Frost is playing.

Scott Laughton is expected to be activated off long-term injured reserve and return to the lineup Saturday. To make room for Laughton, cap-wise, the Flyers can loan Andreoff to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. He does not have to clear waivers after being with the Flyers fewer than 30 days and 10 games.

• Giroux had a Giroux game the Flyers have sorely needed. The Flyers' captain put up three or more points for the first time this season, notching two goals and two assists. His first marker was off a pretty feed from Konecny when the Flyers were in an early 2-0 hole. His second goal was the game-winner in the third period after a magnificent play by Frost.

Last season, Giroux had six games in which he scored three or more points. Before his big night, Giroux had one point (a goal) over the last six games.

• With the way he moves laterally, Ivan Provorov has become a real threat at the point when the Flyers' power play gets situated.

“If I can create space, get pressure toward me and dish it out, I will," Provorov said Nov. 4. "If both sides are taken away and I have a clear lane, I’m going to take that shot all day.”

The 22-year-old has been letting it rip — and accurately. During the first period, he scored his fourth man advantage goal of the season after scoring just two in his first three seasons.

Provorov has been a major positive after signing his new deal.

• Shayne Gostisbehere, on the other hand, was not particularly sharp and played only 10:57.

• Let's not forget how good Konecny was against the Hurricanes. He had three assists and with 15 helpers on the season, he is on his way to shattering his career high of 25 set last season.

• Give some credit to Brian Elliott, who recovered well after a bad start in which he allowed two goals in the game's opening five minutes. Elliott made a massive save late in regulation as Carolina was all over him eyeing an equalizer.

Elliott finished with 33 stops.

• The Flyers play five games in the next eight days, starting Saturday when they host Johnny Gaudreau and the Flames (1 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

 

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Flyers at Hurricanes: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers at Hurricanes: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

The Flyers on Thursday night will look to avoid a season-worst fifth straight loss.

So far, they've lost four consecutive games twice. To avoid topping that, the Flyers (10-7-4) must beat the Hurricanes (13-7-1) on the road.

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: PNC Arena
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• Alain Vigneault is trying everything and anything to spark his veterans.

On Monday, Vigneault said, “Whoever we’ve played with Coots has played well."

The Flyers' head coach is so desperate to get Jakub Voracek going that he's moving the winger to Sean Couturier's line with Oskar Lindblom.

After Vigneault put Voracek, Kevin Hayes and James van Riemsdyk together at the start of Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Panthers, the trio has been split up, per NBC Sports Philadelphia's Taryn Hatcher. Hayes will center Joel Farabee and Tyler Pitlick, while van Riemsdyk heads to the fourth line with Michael Raffl and Andy Andreoff.

Will all of this work? At this point, the Flyers have to give it a shot. During the team's four-game losing streak, Claude Giroux, Voracek, Hayes and van Riemsdyk have combined for one goal and two assists.

"I expect more from James, I expect more from Kevin, I expect more from Jake as far as 5-on-5 play," Vigneault said Monday. "You’d ask those guys, they’d tell you the same thing. They need to be better for our team to get into the playoffs and we’re aware of that."

• The Flyers are scoring 2.18 goals per game on the road, fourth fewest in the NHL, while the power play is 4 for 37 (10.8 percent) away from home.

• The Hurricanes are scoring four goals per game at home, tied for the second most in the NHL. Carolina has won four straight contests, a stretch in which it has scored 5.25 goals per game.

• Outside of Ivan Provorov (three points), Flyers defensemen have scored three points during the Flyers' four-game skid.

• Just how valuable have Travis Konecny and Lindblom been to the Flyers this season?

The team is 0-3-3 when Konecny goes scoreless and 2-5-1 when Lindblom goes scoreless.

The two have gone scoreless in the same game only twice this season.

Projected lineup

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Morgan Frost-Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Joel Farabee-Kevin Hayes-Tyler Pitlick
James van Riemsdyk-Michael Raffl-Andy Andreoff

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Shayne Gostisbehere-Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers

Goalies

Brian Elliott
Carter Hart

 

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Thanks to Carter Hart, Flyers are able to deliver when it matters most for big win

Thanks to Carter Hart, Flyers are able to deliver when it matters most for big win

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Give credit to the Flyers.

And give a ton of credit to Carter Hart.

The Flyers were the better team Tuesday night for only one period but made it count in the third to beat the Hurricanes, 4-1, at the Wells Fargo Center.

Sean Couturier, Travis Konecny, Joel Farabee and Claude Giroux scored goals for the Flyers (7-5-2). The team's 16 points are its most through the first 14 games of a season since 2014-15, when the Flyers started an identical 7-5-2. They ended up missing the playoffs and Craig Berube was fired as head coach in April.

The Hurricanes (9-5-1) have been a dominant third-period team but the Flyers got the better of them in the final 20 minutes. 

• Hart has regained his footing. He has 56 saves on 60 shots over his past two games, both victories.

Hart was the Flyers' best player in the first period as he made 14 saves to keep his team afloat. That was huge.

• The Hurricanes outplayed the Flyers through the first two periods. They constantly had the Flyers playing in their own end and Carolina eventually broke through 6:17 into the second period when Lucas Wallmark finished off a nice play.

The Flyers, who want to set up camp in the offensive zone, were frequently one and done, noticeably more than we've seen this season. The Flyers' play through 40 minutes looked like a bad omen for the third period, especially against a team that came in allowing the NHL's fewest goals during the final stanza with six. The Flyers put up three on the Hurricanes in the third.

Head coach Alain Vigneault won't be thrilled with this performance but he'll take the two points and the way his team closed.

• Konecny has points in all but three of the Flyers' first 14 games. The consistency is great to see from the 22-year-old and more than a point-per-game player is the result so far.

• Farabee played with pace and was opportunistic offensively. He didn't have the best start but he got better and better. He was rewarded in the third period and now has two goals over his last three games.

• Playing through a shoulder strain, Couturier is on a four-game point streak with two goals and four assists. He made life easier on his coach by taking only one faceoff.

• Matt Niskanen, again, was really good. He got the puck through on both of the Flyers' goals and there's a feeling that the right play is going to be made whenever it's on his stick (see story).

• The Flyers' power play continued humming with another goal.

The man advantage is 13 for 54 in 14 games.

Through the Flyers' first 33 games last season, the power play was 12 for 99, worst in the NHL at 12.1 percent.

They have two units right now and everyone is seeing the difference.

• The Flyers practice at noon Wednesday in Voorhees, New Jersey, before hosting the Canadiens Thursday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

The team then faces a challenging back-to-back set on the road against the Maple Leafs Saturday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP) and Bruins Sunday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP). Toronto is a top-10 goal-scoring club, while Boston entered Tuesday's action 11-1-2.

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