Is Sean Couturier Finally Turning it Around?
The double fist pump and a yell from the lungs of second-year player Sean Couturier spoke…well, screamed volumes.
His shot deflected off the stick of Montreal defenseman Lars Eller.
Then off goalie Carey Price’s arm.
Then off P.K. Subban’s left skate and into the Canadiens’ net.
A 27-game goalless drought was over and Couturier got the Flyers on the board for the first time on the night in a 5-3 Flyers win, their third in a row.
“I was talking to him on the bench,” said Simon Gagne, who assisted on the goal. “He felt relief. Sometimes you just need that one to get going. Even before that, he was playing much better, but after that first goal, he started to skate with the puck, be a little more confident and it’s gonna be a big plus for us.”
“It was good for the confidence to get the monkey off the back,” Couturier added. “It’s been a while and it’s nice to find the back of the net.”
Couturier, 20, was the subject of trade rumors for weeks and after Wednesday’s trade deadline came and went and he was still wearing orange and black, he felt relieved and relaxed.