The Flyers had a great week after their disappointing game against the Boston Bruins at Lake Tahoe one week ago. The Flyers won all three games they played since the terrible Lake Tahoe game and there were tons of contenders who could possibly be named Player of the Week for the final week of February. One player stood out, however, and it was Sean Couturier.
James van Riemsdyk continued his streak of dominance and Brian Elliott played really well this past week too. However, since the return of Sean Couturier, he has racked up ten points in six games.
It’s no secret that Philadelphia has played better in those six games (with the exception of any game against the Boston Bruins – a team the Flyers still can’t find a way to beat).
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Sean Couturier started off with a modest game on Wednesday against the New York Rangers. He tallied just one secondary assist off a nice pass from Joel Farabee onto the stick of James van Riemsdyk who just tapped it in.
The Flyers then traveled to Buffalo to face a struggling Sabres team over the weekend. Couturier struck first blood on Saturday when he scored on a knuckle puck style goal that fluttered past Carter Hutton.
In the second period, Couts made a nice breakout pass to van Riemsdyk, who threw it cross-ice to Shayne Gostisbehere. Gostisbehere didn’t get all of the puck, but it didn’t matter, he scored a nice five-hole goal to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead.
The Flyers would win the game 3-0 and Couturier was named the first star of the game!
On Sunday, Couturier scored the first goal of the game on a juicy rebound in the second period. The goal kickstarted a great second period for Philly, who scored all three of their goals in that period. For the third straight game against the Sabres, the Flyers won 3-0!
Two players to watch next week will be Brian Elliott and Claude Giroux. Elliott got two of Philadelphia’s wins in net this past week, including one shutout win. With four games on the schedule, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Elliott once or twice.
Giroux tallied three assists against the Rangers on Wednesday and has looked rejuvenated after missing a couple of games due to COVID-19. It should be a great week filled with some good ol’ rivalry hockey!