Flyers center Sean Couturier understands his role as a defensive stopper, but he wants to be known for his all-around game.
Lately the offense has been matching the defense.
Couturier tied a career high by scoring a point in his sixth consecutive game after earning the first goal during the Flyers 5-1 over the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.
He now has three goals and four assists in the last six game. As a rookie in January of 2012, he also scored a point in six consecutive games.
"As a line we don't want to be known just as shutdown guys and want to be known offensively as well," said Couturier, who now has seven goals and eight assists. "At the same time we have to be patient in our game and play the right way and seeing the chemistry continuing lately and hopefully it will go for the rest of the year."
Couturier has recently been on a line with Matt Read and R.J Umberger. During their two-game home winning streak, the line has ignited the Flyers. Couturier scored the first goal in Thursday's 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. Read, who had an assist on the first goal, scored the second, with assists from Couturier and Nick Schultz.
During Saturday's win, Couturier scored 53 seconds into the game, with Read and Umberger getting the assists.
The 22-year-old Couturier admits that it bugs him to be labeled only as a defensive player. He is on pace to shatter his career high of 13 goals, accomplished twice in his first three years.
"I feel that people think I am only a defensive guy and personally I believe I can produce offensively," Couturier said.
Coach Craig Berube has liked what he has seen of Couturier and his line lately.
"They have a job shutting down the top line of the other team, but (they are) taking it beyond that and starting to play aggressively in the offensive zone and getting some opportunities and there skating a lot better that's the key," Berube said. "All three are skating and on the puck."
Jake Voracek, who leads the Flyers (and after the Carolina team, the NHL) with 37 points, has high praise for Couturier and the line.
"It's awesome, he's a great player," Voracek said. "If that line can get some more goals it's going to be great for us they got us going with the last two games with the first goal and they were big reasons why we won the past two."
Even though he's been hot lately on the offensive end, captain Claude Giroux says Couturier's entire body of work this season has been impressive.
"Couts has been one of our top players all year," Giroux said. "Defensively he's really responsible and obviously we want him against top players on the other side."
And he is starting to flourish on offense.
"He was having a lot of chances offensively, but just not going in, and now he's found a way to put it in, and we're happy for him because he deserves it for sure," Giroux said.
Couturier understands in a long season there will be ups and down.