A week ago the Flyers welcomed Scott Hartnell back to Philadelphia for the first time since being traded to Columbus. It was emotional and mushy and everyone misses Hartnell, but we needed the cap space, but Hartnell’s doing good in Columbus, but THE CAP SPACE. Everyone got sad because we liked Hartnell and now here he was on a team in the middle of a 9 game losing streak with most of their regular players injured, him and his new team were about to get blown out right? WRONG. If there’s one thing you should know as a Flyers fan it’s that if a player is on a goalless streak, or a team is on a losing streak or there’s any kind of streak to be broken, they will break it against the Flyers. The 4-3 loss to Columbus would start off a pretty bad week for the Flyers that would inspire GM Ron Hextall to chew the team out after a loss to the Rangers.
After the loss to the Rangers on Rivalry Night, the Flyers seemed to be on the upswing. Despite losing to the Minnesota Wild, the Flyers played much better, the only problem was a lack of luck trying to get anything by Darcy Kuemper. Sure they lost, but it was an absolute last second break down by Andrew MacDonald that allowed Jason Zucker to put one past Emery in the last 50 seconds of the game.
Saturday the Flyers got the chance to end their losing streak against the team that they started it with. A little over 2 minutes into the first period the Flyers struck first giving them their first lead Since they played the Avalanche on November 8th. Brayden Schenn deflected a shot which bounced off both posts before sliding across the goal line. Columbus answered with a power play goal, but the game wouldn’t be tied for long as Mark Streit poked in his own rebound to put the Flyers up again near the end of the 1st.
Whenever the Blue Jackets had a comeback in sight, the Flyers were right on top of them to put those comeback thoughts to rest. “Every time they got a little bit of life in the game, we shut it down right away. Especially with that fourth goal. It was a great team effort.” Jake Voracek said of the team’s effort. Voracek had 2 assists on the night giving him a 3 point lead on Sidney Crosby for NHL points leader (29).
Wayne Simmonds put the Flyers up by 2 with the only goal in the 2nd period. Simmonds had to catch a rebound and drop it to himself to get the power play goal.
Early in the 3rd the Blue Jackets were looking for another comeback scoring 2 minutes in to cut the lead to one, but Braydon Coburn responded about a minute later with a quick one timer from Matt Read.
Sure Columbus was coming off a game the night before so they may have been tired, but that doesn’t mean the Flyers didn’t play better than they had all week. “Any time your GM calls out every single player on the team, it’s going to light a fire under your butt,” Simmonds said. “We had a good response.”
Truly Hextall’s words of: “That’s f—ing embarrassing! Jesus f—ing Christ!” must have been a real source of inspiration to the Flyers. They’ll now go on to face the Islanders who are at the top of the Metro division with the Penguins. They’ll also be playing 7 of the next 8 games on the road.
Rumors started swirling around again about a possible trade with Edmonton.At first the Rumor we heard was that they were basically begging for Coburn, but Hextall was only offering them L. Schenn. Now it sounds like the Oilers want a top line center in exchange for David Perron. If the Oilers are that desperate for a center it probably wouldn’t hurt to throw Lecavalier’s name out there.