The Flyers too, after a dismal 10-game winless stretch marked by repeatedly mind-boggling self-inflicted mistakes, tightened their game in narrow road wins over Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Beyond leaning more heavily on a 1-2-2 alignment than before, the Flyers became exclusively a dump and run team, a trait on display during that first period and throughout the game.
The Flyers first goal came on a clean offensive zone faceoff win by Sean Couturier that slid like a tee shot to Claude Giroux, who fired it past Toronto’s Frederik Anderson.
Toronto won its previous game (against Edmonton) by making a goal scored in the opening minute stand in a 1-0 victory.
Two, the power play came as a result of a Jake Voracek trip in the offensive zone, a few minutes after Claude Giroux had been bear-hugged while trying to reach a puck in front, and after Wayne Simmonds caught a high stick off a clearing pass.
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