Updated: Friday, 1:10 p.m.
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.
OH MY GOD MORGAN FROST!— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) November 22, 2019
That's two goals in two NHL games for the rookie! ❄️ pic.twitter.com/tjSD8Iy1ri
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).
Morgan Frost is basically the best hockey player in the world.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) November 22, 2019
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• 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.
Andy Andreoff loaned to Phantoms. Scott Laughton expected back Saturday.— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) November 22, 2019
• 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.
TK ➡️ G pic.twitter.com/bAiasmyv6z— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) November 22, 2019
That's FOUR (!!!!) points for the Captain tonight! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/es6Y8zj8u2— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) November 22, 2019
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.
Provy ties it up on the power play! pic.twitter.com/ijJlDXz3Ej— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) November 22, 2019
• 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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