You can see how this experiment might work.

Claude Giroux on the left, Sean Couturier at center, Jake Voracek on the right — if it looked the way it did in Thursday night's 5-1 exhibition victory over the Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center, who wouldn't like it?

The line, designed to use the glut of centers and free up Giroux's playmaking skills, accounted for the team's only even-strength goals in last night's game, the next-to-last before the season begins for real Wednesday night in San Jose.

More importantly, the principals looked more in sync with each other than they had in Tuesday's overtime home victory against the Rangers and most certainly more comfortable than during the maiden voyage in New York on Monday night.

Example one: The Flyers second first-period goal was the offshoot of a fairly incredible cross-ice  pass by Giroux through a thicket of sticks onto Radko Gudas' stick. Voracek picked up the rebound and fired it past Tuukka Rask for a 2-0 lead.

The goal, with just 11 seconds left in the period, was the kind the Flyers have surrendered over much of the last two seasons to more offensively potent opponents.

"We found each other even a little better tonight,'' Giroux said after the game. " We keep playing together and building on what we're doing. … We love playing together.''

Example two: Giroux, taking the faceoff at the right circle, pulled it clean to Voracek along the boards. Another cross-ice beauty, this one by Voracek, found Brandon Manning rolling in from the left point.  Manning fired it past Rask, and the Flyers were on their way to the kind of one-sided offensive onslaught that lends legitimacy to the experiment — which now appears to be a virtual certainty.

It was a nice test. The Bruins played their big guns — David Krejci, David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand,  Patrice Bergeron, and David Backes.

All but Bergeron finished with a minus for the night. That was a characteristic shared by the Flyers top guns a year ago, another impetus for using the defensively gifted Couturier with Giroux and Voracek.

"Hopefully that's the case for this year,'' Giroux said. "We weren't satisfied with the way we were playing last year. Our mind-set's changed a little bit. I know it's only preseason, but the mind-set in the locker room has changed. We're playing now like we have unfinished business.''

Couturier added, "I think it is going well.  Every game, we're getting better.  It's a little adjustment playing with G, who hasn't played wing for a while   We're starting to read off each other pretty well and creating a lot of chances.  So, hopefully we can keep building and get ready for the season."

Giroux said that "compared to the first game, I feel so much better on the wing. I'm able to find the open ice more and more. Coots and Jake are two smart guys. They're fun to play with.

"Making plays and building speed — I didn't hate it, that's for sure.''

The other positive sign for the final week of preseason is that the power play got untracked — slightly. Early pressure during a fruitless first power play paid dividends later in the period. Again Couturier was involved, setting up Travis Konecny with a doorstep pass to give the Flyers an early lead, then topping off the night's scoring in the third with a tip of Konecny's shot.

Throw in a shorthanded effort by Wayne Simmonds, and the Flyers — with fill-in goaltender Alex Lyon stopping 31 of 32 shots — finally hinted that the optimism surrounding this team might have some legitimacy.