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Flyers make it back-to-back wins with victory over Canucks

The Philadelphia Flyers stayed hot on the road this season, picking up their second win in Canada in quick succession.

Sean Couturier and James van Riemdsyk each scored goals while Martin Jones registered 27 saves as the Flyers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Thursday night. It was a good response from the team, who also received two assists from captain Claude Giroux.

“In back-to-backs usually you have your legs going early and you’ve got kind of a carryover from the last game, especially [because] we had a big win last night,” Couturier said. “It’s more as the game goes on, you want to keep that same pace. It’s not easy. The travel legs kind of get to you, but tonight we did a good job defensively and we had ‘Jonesy’ to save us a couple of times, so that was that was huge.”

Quinn Hughes equalized for Vancouver in the first period, but it proved to be the lone shining moment for Travis Green’s squad. Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves for the Canucks, but the hosts eventually lost their second-straight home game of a current seven-game homestand at BC Place.

Couturier scored 22 seconds into the game after the gritty forward beat Halak on a two-on-one opportunity after a superb feed from Travis Konecny. The Flyers opened the first period with a 15-to-4 advantage in shots on goal and eventually relied on Jones to carry the way later in the game.

Jones was huge in the third period, denying Brock Boeser with his mask on a one-time effort, before making a pair of saves in the final 1:20 of the game with the Flyers down two men. It was Jones’ second win with the Orange and Black since his move from San Jose this offseason.

“In the third [period] we found a way, even though on back-to-back nights and [being] late getting in here, we found a way to get the energy to roll the lines and get the two points, so really happy with what we’ve done these first two games on the road trip,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We’re going to recover, we’re going to rest up tomorrow and then we’re going to get ready for Calgary.”

“Very clutch,” Claude Giroux said on Jones’ performance. “He gave us a chance to win. We did our best in front of him, especially on the PK to help him out, but he made some huge saves.”

The Flyers will look to sweep their three-game road trip on Saturday when they face the Calgary Flames.


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