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Couturier’s remarkable night has to make Jackets envious

Apr 13, 2012, 11:13 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Sean Couturier #14 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates his hat trick goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Penguins 7-5. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Getty Images

According to an NBCSN infographic, Sean Couturier is just the third rookie in Philadelphia Flyers’ history to get a hat trick in a postseason game.

That’s a remarkable accomplishment for a 19-year-old playing in just his second NHL game and against one of the most star studded squads in the league. It’s fair to say he’s one of the reasons the Flyers earned a 8-5 victory on Friday – although in a contest that crazy, there’s never just one standout player – but Pittsburgh fans aren’t the only ones that will be feeling the pain tonight.

Philadelphia acquired the Blue Jackets first round pick as part of the Jeff Carter trade and they used it to select Couturier. Given how Carter worked out in Columbus, it’s hard for Blue Jackets fans not to wonder about what might have been, especially on a night like this.

  1. tcclark - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    the 3 goals were amazing, but his defense of Malkin was his biggest accomplishment of the night. Very nicely done

  2. sizzle299 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    I get the point of the article. But references to Jeff Carter and the Blue Jackets are so incompatible with the NHL playoffs you should have just saved this article for July. No one cares about either of those things right now. Philly fans are too busy celebrating and Pens fans are too busy trying to justify how to ever root for Letang again.

    • tcclark - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      it’s big because he now has as many career playoff goals as Jeff Carter

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Homer duped two organizations! To think that all that we got for Carter and Richards. Keep it going Courturier!

    • somekat - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM

      Just out of curiosity, what pick did they get in the trade for Richards? I know it was for the upcoming draft, but not sure what round

      • somekat - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:41 PM

        found it, Simmonds, Schenn, 2012 2nd round pick

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:45 PM

        Like stealing candy from a baby my friend haha.

      • epictron1 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:55 AM

        Flyers traded that 2nd round pick to Dallas for Grossmann too.

  4. mediatedviscera - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    This kid is the real thing. Spends the season as a shutdown fourth line center…explodes with goals when he gets the chance…this kid is just like the rest of the kids in this series. An amazing bunch of kids, an amazing coach, doing more than they are supposed to…beautiful.

  5. flyeagles76 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Columbus…. Where hockey careers go to die. Homer has been a solid GM for Philly thus far.

    • lookatitright - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      Just remember this when you see crowds of 9 or 10 thousand in C-bus next season. It isn’t that Columbus is a bad hockey market. It is a good market with baaad hockey. Worst team in the league and they still averaged almost 15 thousand per game. They drew better than 3 teams, including two (Islanders and Dallas) who have Stanley Cup banners in their buildings.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 14, 2012 at 5:53 PM

        It also helps that there is nothing to do in Columbus after Buckeye football commences.

  6. mojosmagic - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    He reminds of a bigger but not as mean version of Bobbie Clark. Get mean kid!

    • mercyflush - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      He’s got the same smile already…

    • somekat - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:42 PM

      give him a few years. By the time he’s 22, he’ll probably add 15-20 lbs of muscle, and a chip on his shoulder to match

  7. emoser - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Hey pens fans, I see Letand got called for something called “diving” in the first. Is that what it’s called when you flick your head back every time someone touches you, or am I thinking of something else?

    • emoser - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:43 PM


    • somekat - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM

      no, you are thinking of “Penguin Hockey”. Complain about a call, then go down like a truck hit you when you are barely touched

  8. jagrbomb18 - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    I’m pretty sure but not positive that the flyers traded that pick for Grossmann or Kubina …

    • icdogg - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:07 AM

      Grossmann I think.

  9. phlmt69 - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    No way Coots becomes this type of player in Columbus. Philly is a much better organization and Laviolette is the perfect coach for him.

  10. chasemutley - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Not to mention the other player we got in the Carter trade scored the game winner in game 1.

  11. dawglb - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    Both the Richards and Carter trades have been great. We gave up 2 partiers (should have left the spell check word “partners”), in return, we have 4 young, hard working, kids who will appreciate their time with Lavy and bust their tails for him. Great trades, Homer!

  12. phillyphan83 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Take note dilusional Pens fans. THIS is what a great organization, not 4-5 years of futility that brings you all those top picks.

    • captjackwagon - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Phillyphan 83,
      It is funny listening to all of the Philly fans on here at this point. You haven’t won the Cup yet. You haven’t even made it out of the first round yet. Is this another “dream team” concept? We all know how well that worked out.
      How do you think that you are going to make it to the finals while letting in 8 goals in 2 games? A better team that is more focused/determined is going to have a field day with that. I agree that you have a good squad with some depth, but it wont mean much without a strong finish and bringing home the hardware. Period. Love or hate the Penguins, they have won the cup and were in the finals two of the last three years. Seems to be an ok organization to me.
      Not a hater but just sayin…

      • tcclark - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        I haven’t heard one Philly Fan say anything about winning the cup. I just hear a lot about beating Pittsburgh. Which they’ve done.

        I also haven’t heard anything about a “dream team” either. I’ve heard “good team,” “great team,” “better team,” “younger team,” “faster team,” and “deeper team,” but nothing about a “dream team.” They must be saying it in Pittsburgh, cause I haven’t heard it on here.

        Also, not every team has Malkin and Crosby. I know, weird right? Not every team is going to score 15 seconds into the game, but it’s interesting that you talk about them having to play a better team. Please tell me pittsburgh, who scored the most goals this year (without Sidney crosby). Oh that’s right, Pittsburgh. It’s weird, you guys were really good at reminding Flyers of that before the series, but now there are better teams out there?

        Finally, the guy was just making a point that the Flyers organization was built on winning. Players come to the team through free agency because they want to go to a winning organization. The team makes trades at the deadline to bolster a roster that has been a cup contender 15 out of the past 16 years. the Flyers have been one of the top organizations in the league almost since they came around in 1967 whereas the Penguins have had to rebuild through losing on multiple occasions.

        2011 – Bruins beat the Canucks
        2010 – Blackhawks beat the Flyers (Hey we’ve been to the cup more recently!)
        2009 – Penguins beat the Red Wings
        2008 – Red Wings beat the Penguins

        That’s 2 out of 4, not 2 out of 3. Learn math

      • phillyphan83 - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        Captjackwagon, it was funny being on here BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS STARTED and all the Pens fans were saying it was gonna be a sweep and they were winning the cup. At least wev actually WON in the playoffs this year. Your fellow fans(i.e. Genopringles and bobphine) were talking all kinds of garbage about how great the penguins are now and throughout history, theyre a better organization than the Flyers, yada yada yada. My comment is completely justified as is, without you putting words in my mouth just to help you sound intelligent.

  13. mojosmagic - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Who is say The Jackets would have been smart enough to draft him.

  14. dawglb - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Would have been a no-brainier……but you are right….

    • tcclark - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      With the 7th pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Winnipeg Jets select Mark Sheifele…. ’nuff said

  15. num1eaglesfanyo - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    @ Jackwagon. All this emotion from the philly phans stems from all the crap pens fans have been talking way before this series started. Not one person has said anything about moving on to the next round or winning the cup. So sit back and read some more happy flyers phan posts. COME BACK KINGS

  16. captjackwagon - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Winning what? If winning games is all that matters, good point. But then all this”Playoff” talk would be irrelevent, right? Winning a champioship is why the game is played.
    Philly a “Great Team”? Not yet.
    And scoring goals doesn’t make you the best team, it just just states the obvious that you have offensive talent.
    Not once did I mention I was from Pittsburgh or a Pittsburgh fan for that matter. You “geniuses” just assumed. And I have no problem with emotion from Philly fans. I think it is great that you support your sports teams. I have read at least four articles on this site with people just like you proclaiming how great the Flyers are and how it is over, blah, blah, blah. We will see where all of your posts are in a month.

    • tcclark - Apr 14, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      I’ve explained winning in another post, i’m not doing it here again. Scroll down.

      Whether they are a great team or not is irrelevant. I was just pointing out things that I’ve read.

      Scoring goals may not make you the best team, but your original comment was that we should be worried about facing better teams because we’ve given up so many goals. My point was we shouldn’t have to worry about a better team scoring more goals on us, since we’re already playing the best offensive team in the game. (I also took a stab at Penguins fans, in there. I apologize if your not, but my mama always told me if it looks like a rat and smells like a rat, than by golly it is a rat.)

      I’ve read nearly ever comment on here and the closest I’ve come to reading a comment where a flyers fan said it was over was was someone looking ahead to who we may face in the next round. I’m pretty sure they understand that it isn’t over. They’re just talking about who we’d face IF we made it through. I’ve also seen some wings fans proclaim it was over though.

  17. dawglb - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    @captjackoff: winning games is how you get to winning championships. Right now, we are closer to a championship than Pittsburgh.

    • captjackwagon - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      The comment was made that it was a winning organization. It hasn’t won the Cup since 74-75. 36 years? That doesn’t make it a winning organization. The team that has the most wins doesn’t always win the finals, do they? Huge difference between a Cup contender and a Cup winner. That’s all I was saying. And your comment is true, you are closer to winning the cup than allot of teams. Time will tell.

      • tcclark - Apr 14, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        Winning doesn’t always mean Stanley Cups. The Flyers have the second highest winning percentage in the history of the NHL and the 8th highest in american big four sports. They’ve also been to the most conference championships in NHL History and have missed the playoffs a total of 8 times. That is a team that wins year in and year out and almost never has a losing season. That is a winning organization. You can talk about Stanley Cups all you want, but it is a testament to the type of organization that the Philadelphia Flyers are that they have this reputation for winning despite having not won a cup in 36 years.

  18. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Couturier landed to a team that can easily mold prospects into NHL caliber players. I was hoping he was going to keep sliding to my Wild #10 but in no way would Couturier’s career have been noticed there as how it is in Philly. Great prospect that landed in a very good situation and team. Best of both worlds….. I am very happy with our pick in Brodin but you guys got a steal!!!!!

    Congratz Philly fans.

    -jealous Wild fan

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