Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The good Jeff Carter shows up for the Flyers against Columbus

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Stop me if you've heard this before: if Jeff Carter could ever find some consistency, he would be unstoppable. Carter looked dominant on the ice as he scored a pair of goals against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night to lead the Flyers to a 5-3 win. It was the 6th time this season Carter has 2 goals in a game, meaning 12 of his 19 goals have come in just 6 games. That has to be the very definition of inconsistent and it's what makes Carter a maddening player to root for. Some nights, he's completely invisible while other nights he's easily the best player on the ice. Take, for example, this degree of difficulty on this goal he scored on the faceoff against Columbus:

Now that is an impressive goal. If Carter could only sprinkle in just a few more one goal games into the mix and eliminate the games he just sleepwalks through he would go from being merely a good player to a great player. While we've been asking for consistency from Carter for years now, he is still only 25 years old so there is hope that he can grow into a better hockey player.

The game against the Blue Jackets was also Ray Emery's first win for the Flyers since November 16th. While he didn't look good on the three goals he let up, getting Emery back healthy and in good playing shape will be a big step for the Flyers as they make their playoff push.

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