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, the Flyers could afford to cut loose for a change and enjoy a rare string of success in an otherwise waste of a season.Heck, even Gritty shook his beastly belly and danced with NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr.Sean Couturier had his first regular-season hat trick and rookie Carter Hart stopped 39 shots in another bright outing to lead the Flyers past the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Wednesday night.“It’s not something I was thinking about,” Couturier said. “The pucks find their way in. It’s nice to have them.”Couturier scored twice within 90 seconds in the second period and sealed the win with his 19th goal late in the third. “Coots” gave the Flyers hat tricks in consecutive games for the first time in 16 years after James van Riemsdyk kicked it off in Monday’s win. Couturier’s only two previous hat tricks had come in the postseason.The Flyers could open their own Lids franchise with the hundreds of hats collected this week.The Flyers entered in 30th place in the NHL and got a rare comeback victory in front of another sparse crowd at the Wells Fargo Center. The fans that showed up caught a slice of franchise history: Claude Giroux got his 500th career assist and joined Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke (852) as the only Flyers to hit that milestone.“I’ve been lucky to play with really good players and (am) lucky to be able to give the puck to all these players,” Girous said. “It’s a great accomplishment, but we just have to keep going here.”Hart, the 20-year-old rookie goalie, had another solid game as he tries to meet the hype that surrounded his call-up last month. Hart may not get the Flyers to the playoffs, but he at least helped them win consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 18-20.“We still have to find a way to have some fun Ryan Callahan Jersey
,” Hart said. “When I got called up here, we were in a bit of a slide and things weren’t going too well. But they welcomed me with open arms.”Peter Cehlarik scored in his first game of the season and David Pastrnak scored in the first period to stake Boston to a 2-0 lead. Pastrnak scored on the power play just 4:29 into the game. Cehlarik made it 2-0 on a slapper where no Flyer was anywhere near him.The Flyers didn’t even take their first shot until nearly 12 minutes into the game, and it seemed like it was shaping up to be another sorry game for the fallen franchise.They salvaged a goal in the first period when Giroux snagged a loose puck at the blue line and fed to Oskar Lindblom for his fifth goal of the season. Lindblom scored for the first time in 31 games.Couturier took over from there and sparked the Flyers to one of their more memorable wins of the season. He tied it on a tip-in past Jaroslav Halak and got the feed from Wayne Simmonds — after Carter turned away the puck off an odd-man rush — for the 3-2 lead.“They were more opportunistic or the goaltending was better at their end. Sum it up either way,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.Hart made the lead stand in a ferocious third where the Bruins got a second goal from Cehlarik to make it 4-2 with 1:06 left.“He’s a mature kid. He prepares himself pretty well and does a lot of little things away from the rink that helps the team on the ice,” Couturier said. “He’s pretty calm back there. It’s what you want from your goalie.”Halak had 15 saves.“I had to make that one big save in the third and I wasn’t able to,” Halak said.Couturier has 18 goals and is one of the few untouchables — along with Giroux and Hart — the Flyers have as they trudge toward the Feb. 25 trade deadline. Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher, hired in November, will surely look to shake up the team and perhaps undergo a true rebuild.NOTES: Flyers F Jori Lehtera got a 5-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for driving Ryan Donato face-first into the boards late in the second period. … Truex http://www.officiallightningprostore.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-mcdonagh-jersey
, a Flyers fans and New Jersey native, attended the game and was presented a No. 19 jersey (his car number) from Gritty.UP NEXT:Bruins host St. Louis on Thursday.Flyers play Saturday at Montreal. Leaning on his crutches, just six days after reconstructive surgery on his right knee, Mikko Koivu was asked if he had concern about his ability to return to the Minnesota Wild next season at age 36.Just as if he were corralling a puck with a quick flick of his stick on a faceoff, Koivu didn’t flinch.“Yes, I’m totally confident. I think those are just numbers,” Koivu said. “I think it’s about your effort, the way you take care of yourself on and off the ice Womens Steven Stamkos Jersey
, and at the end, it’s going to be a battle. But if you’re strong enough, you’re going to be able to do it.”Koivu’s determination and strength has never been in doubt, but the torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus cartilage he suffered in a game at Buffalo on Feb. 5 has raised a question about the Wild captain’s future considering this major late-career injury. Koivu will enter the final year of his contract this summer, with a $5.5 million charge against the salary cap.Factoring in the typical ACL recovery timetable, the chance is slim that Koivu will be ready to join his teammates for on-ice drills at the start of training camp.“I think it’s too early to talk about it too much, but that’s definitely my goal,” Koivu said Thursday after the Wild’s practice Tyler Johnson Jersey
, his first public comments since the collision with Sabres forward Tage Thompson .Receiving medical clearance for the 2019-20 season opener will be an additionally hefty challenge, but Koivu, who was drafted sixth overall in 2001 by the Wild out of Finland and has topped the franchise leaderboards in several statistical categories over his 14-year career, cast his familiar steely gaze toward the daunting rehabilitation that’s ahead.“It’s a fact that this knee will be stronger than I’ve ever experienced,” Koivu said. “The rest of it is up to me.”The Wild are just 1-4-2 this month and 1-3 without Koivu, currently clinging to the eighth and final postseason spot in the Western Conference . They host the New Jersey Devils on Friday night, the only team they’ve beaten in February.“We’re going to make the playoffs. That’s about as elaborate as I’m going to get,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “You want me to predict how many wins we’re going to have? Not going to happen. But we’re going to make the playoffs.”Joel Eriksson Ek has been a productive fill-in over the last four games Victor Hedman Jersey
, but Koivu’s absence requires more than simply replacing a second-line center.“In the locker room, outside the locker room. The little things of playing against every team’s top center, every faceoff that’s important, every time you need something,” Boudreau said.