The Olympics are over, everyone can stop the mindless internet battles arguing which country is the REAL owner of the sport of hockey. Canada is winter, USA hockey is do or die. Thankfully the back and forth can be shelved for another four years and we can get back to the burning hatred that really matters. Hatred of every team that isn’t the Flyers.
After two weeks off the Flyers hit the last leg of the season running, up against the San Jose Sharks. They were looking to continue the four game winning streak that they rode into the Olympic break. They would also have to start up without the help of bronze medalist Kimmo Timonen. The only Flyers to bring home a medal was also the Flyers only Olympic casualty. Things seemed to be going well on Thursday’s game until the Sharks decided to rally in the second period. % unanswered goals from the sharks in the second period including a hat trick from Joe Pavelski totally shut the Flyers down.
To keep themselves afloat in the Metropolitan Division after Thursday’s loss, the Flyers needed a win against the Rangers on Saturday. After a string of penalties from Hartnell, Lecavalier and Couturier managed to give the Flyers a lead heading into the second period. Over the course of the second period the Rangers managed to tie the game until a power play late in the second period. Wayne Simmonds put one away to give the Flyers a one goal lead into the third period and eventually the win. There was a bit of extra entertainment as former Flyers tough guy, Daniel Carcillo traded words with Zac Rinaldo for two periods, but all that build up lead to an anti climactic ending (no one fought). Kimmo Timonen returned to play his 500th game as a Flyer!
Keep it going, ride the win. Flyers went straight from Saturday’s matinee game to an early Sunday game against the Capitals. Maybe it was because both teams had played a game before, maybe the fatigue of the Olympic break hadn’t really faded, maybe the refs had taken a little too much cold medicine earlier that day, anyone could guess at the reason why this game was so odd.
After a slow, slow start to the game, Dimitri Orlov put the Capitals on the board with his second goal of the season (his first goal annoyingly enough was also against the Flyers). Then Giroux scored on a power play, but the goal wasn’t called until a solid minute later. Because the puck was in and out of the net so quickly, it didn’t register with the refs that it was in fact a goal. Then a shot trickled by Mason and kept going until Mark Streit swatted it away. Play continued for a while before they decided to review the shot. Luckily for us it was waived off.
The second period went a bit more normally with the Flyers gaining a lot of possession time and a short handed goal. Unfortunately the Caps came back with two goals (one of which was Orlov’s third of the season) to give them a 4-2 lead over the Flyers going into the 3rd. Halfway through a third period filled with post-whistle fights, the Flyers wound up with a five minute power play which helped them cut the Capitals lead to 1 goal. After pulling Mason and with 1 minute left, Claude Giroux managed to tie the game up and send it into overtime where Vinny Lecavalier scored his 900th NHL point to win it for the Flyers.