The Flyers have finally pulled themselves out of last place in the Metropolitan Division with a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. In one of just 2 games that the Flyers have scored more than twice. This game puts the Flyers 1 point over Columbus, who have a game tonight against the Islanders. While that 1 point might not be a lead for long we might as well enjoy it while we can.
The Flyers points came from a spectrum ranging from, “Never saw that coming” to “It Finally Happened!”. Jay Rosehill got his first goal in the 1st period putting the Flyers up 1-0, this is only his 4th career goal, at the end of the 1st, the old Scott Hartnell showed up and gave the Flyers a 2 goal lead.
Going into the 3rd period Edmonton had cut the Flyers lead in half when Claude Giroux took an Oilers turnover straight to the net for his first of the season putting the Flyers in a 3-1 lead. After a lot of criticism all season and a couple missed chances in the first 2 periods, Giroux finally capitalized on a shot breaking his scoreless drought. The joy of the Captain’s first goal was almost crushed as Taylor Hall cut the Flyers lead down again, but Vinny Lecavalier gave the Flyers the security goal from an almost impossible angle off a Brayden Schenn pass.
Not to kill anyone’s buzz coming off this needed win, but it comes against a team who has had struggles similar to the Flyers, and haven’t been very good lately despite a mass of young talent. The true test for the Flyers will come on their 3 game road trip. To see if the Flyers are actually getting back into their grove we’ll need to see how they perform against Ottowa, Pittsburgh and Winnipeg.
- Video: Claude Giroux finally scores his first goal (prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com)