As I’m sure you’ve already heard, the Flyers started the season by crushing everyone’s hopes and happiness with a terrible first month ( a 4-11 record through October and early November). It looked like all of the pieces on this Flyers team refused to work. Then something just clicked and almost overnight the Flyers became the team we expected in the offseason.
(yeah remember Lavy?)
After a 4-2 win against the equally struggling Oilers, the Flyers started their climb up the Metropolitan Division away from last plaece, gaining 5 of 6 points in a 3 game road trip. The road trip even gave us a win over the all around hated Pittsburgh Penguins which, let’s be honest was the best part of this point streak. If that wasn’t enough the Flyers went on to win 3 straight home games, each by 3 goals ( 5-2 win over Ott, 4-1 win over Buffalo and a 5-2 win over the Islanders) earning the Flyers a 7 game point streak with 13 of 14 possible points and a .500 record on the season. Currently the Flyers are only 2 points out of a 3rd place tie with the Rangers.
But hype doesn’t last if you’re in Orange and Black and as we all know a streak can’t last forever, the Flyers were bound to be handed a loss eventually. Enter the Florida Panthers? Seriously that’s a little embarrassing to even type. Monday night in Florida, the Flyers seemed to revert to the parody of a hockey team they were in October. The play was sloppy and just not what we’ve become accustomed to seeing. Even so, when the Flyers were at their worst they managed to beat the panthers and flopping goalie Tim Thomas. Unfortunately that wasn’t the Tim Thomas that showed up Monday night with 38 saves on 39 shots Thomas earned the second star of the game. The Panthers got an early jump on the Flyers and started the 3rd period with a 2-0 lead. Wayne Simmonds cut the lead in half in the 3rd but it was too little too late. The game ended in a 3-1 loss.
Now the Flyers head to Tampa Bay hoping to start a new point(win) streak. With Lightning starting their backup goalie Anders Lindback who has a .872 SV% instead of Ben Bishop (.931 SV) the Flyers might be catching a break. More good luck for the Flyers, but overall not very good news, Lightning star Steven Stamkos is out after an ugly fall which led to a broken tibia for the Tampa Bay forward. We wish him a speedy recovery, but it’s a good thing for the Flyers tonight.
After Friday’s early game against the Winnipeg Jets the Flyers will go on a 6 game road trip.
- Panthers snap Flyers’ strong run with 3-1 win (trentonian.com)
- Claude Giroux has arrived. (eveningthescore.wordpress.com)