By Mary Cunningham
You never know which Flyers team will show up for a game.
Will it be the pop-gun bunch that has as much trouble scoring as the Eagles under Nick Foles?
Or the talented bunch that showed up at the Wells yesterday?
Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists to help the Flyers to a 6-3 win against the St. Louis Blues.
Sean Couturier scored two goals, Scott Laughton, Jordan Weal and Wayne Simmonds scored for Philly (18-15-8), and Brian Elliott made 28 saves.
The Flyers have victories in consecutive games for the first time since winning six in a row Dec. 4-16; they defeated the New York Islanders 6-4 on Thursday.
Giroux has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past two games and has 51 points in 41 games this season.
“You don’t want to overthink it too much, just want to go out there and play well for your team,” Giroux said. “Just try to do what you do best. That’s one thing with this team, guys really focus on what they do best and just go out there and do it.”
After Laughton gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 2:15 of the first period, Giroux’s centering pass to Couturier on a 2-on-1 went off a sliding Parayko and over Allen’s shoulder at 6:42 of the first for a 2-0 lead
It was Giroux’s 14th goal, matching last season’s total in 82 games, and he’s close to exceeding the 58 points he had in 2016-17.
“You want to be the best player you can be at all times,” Giroux said. “Being able to have that chemistry with [Couturier], it makes my job a lot easier.”
Weal made it 3-0 when he dragged the puck around Allen and scored at 8:32 of the second, and Couturier finished a 2-on-1 with Giroux to make it 4-0 at 11:45.
The goal was Couturier’s 20th of the season, the first time he’s scored that many in seven NHL seasons.
“It’s a great accomplishment in this League, but you know I’ll take the win any day that I can instead of the goals,” he said.
Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said his team stayed composed after allowing the early goal.
“That’s not the way you want to start a period,” he said. “Sloppy play off the opening face-off. … They made a play, they got one goal, but nobody got rattled, nobody panicked. We went back at it and played.”
Simmonds deflected a Shayne Gostisbehere point shot for a power-play goal to make it 5-2 at 11:18 of the third.
Parayko got the Blues within 5-3 with 4:31 remaining, but Couturier scored an empty-net goal with 15 seconds left.