By Mary Cunningham
Carter Hart stopped 30 shots for his eighth straight victory, Sean Couturier had a goal and two assists and the Flyers routed the visiting Ducks 6-2.
Michael Raffl, Oskar Lindblom, Phil Varone, Nolan Patrick (above) and Travis Konecny also scored for the Flyers, who have won nine of 10.
The 20-year-old Hart helped the Flyers to a fast start, denying Jakob Silfverberg on a breakaway with a glove save 1:15 into the contest.
”You see the play develop and you get ready,” a nonchalant Hart said. ”You hopefully make the save or you don’t.”
Hart tied an NHL rookie record for most consecutive victories before turning 21, matching former Quebec netminder Jocelyn Thibault’s performance in March 1995.
”I don’t look at those things,” Hart said. ”Sure it’s cool, but we just want to win hockey games.”
Hart was rested in favor of Anthony Stolarz in Thursday’s 3-2 shootout loss to Los Angeles that snapped Philadelphia’s eight-game winning streak.
”It could’ve been a whole different game,” Couturier said. ”He’s been keeping us in games, making us believe even when we’re not playing our best. It’s nice to get him some goals. He’s been unbelievable.”
Adam Henrique and Nick Ritchie scored for Anaheim, which lost its seventh in a row and 19th in the last 21 while ending a forgettable six-game road trip. The Ducks have been outscored 37-8 during their skid.
Couturier’s wrist shot from the left circle went off the post and in with 9:36 left in the period to make it 2-0, and Raffl added another with a short-handed tally 1 1/2 minutes later with a wrist shot that beat Johnson on the glove side after a great outlet pass from Scott Laughton.
And Lindblom finished the first-period burst with a bit of luck. Couturier’s pass in front went off Lindblom’s skate and over the goal line with 2:14 left in the period.
”It’s mind-boggling,” Carlyle said of Anaheim’s slow starts of late. ”It seems that everything bad that can happen, happens. We had four glorious opportunities in the first period to give us some life. They get their four goals in an area that we have to defend. That’s one-on-one battles and defending with some stiffness and we didn’t do that.”
Boyle kept the Flyers off the board with a solid, 13-save second period, and the Ducks got a power-play goal 51 seconds into the second when Henrique finished Ritchie’s pass from behind the net.