Postgame: Kimmo Timonen’s return to Philadelphia

The Flyers defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1. Flyers goals scored by Simmonds (28), White (5), Giroux (22), and Raffl (19). Lone Hawks goal from Andrew Shaw (13).

The Flyers came out strong in the first period and outplayed the Blackhawks in multiple categories including shots, shot attempts, hits, face-off wins, and goals, which is a trend we’ve gotten used to seeing against the top teams. Wayne Simmonds got the lone goal of the period after Matt Read stole the puck from Marian Hossa and set up Simmonds for the one-timer. With his first period goal, Simmonds becomes the 32nd player in team history to score 100 goals as a Flyer.

The second period went just as good for the Flyers as they scored twice and the first was right after a face-off win by Ryan White. After White won the draw, he headed to front of the net and redirected Carlo Colaiacovo’s shot past Corey Crawford to put the Flyers up 2-0. To make the period even sweeter, people can finally shut up about Giroux having zero even strength goals at home when he and Voracek combined for a beautiful goal to give the Flyers a 3-goal lead heading into the third period.

The third period didn’t go as smoothly for the Flyers as the Blackhawks ruined Steve Mason’s shutout with a powerplay goal from Andrew Shaw just two minutes into the period, but that would only last about 10 minutes before the Flyers struck again. Going on their second powerplay of the game, Michael Raffl took the puck down the right side of the ice and just beat Crawford with a wrist shot on the short-side. Raffl has yet again showed why he should be used more consistently on the powerplay next season.

Positives:
  • Claude Giroux finally scored an even strength goal so we can all stop talking about that
  • Steve Mason played like… well, Steve Mason. 34 saves and just one goal against
  • Jakub Voracek is now in a 3-way tie for the league lead in points with John Tavares and Sidney Crosby with 74.
Negatives:
  • It appeared Wayne Simmonds got injured in the third period after taking Mark Streit’s shot off his foot. He didn’t have a shift the rest of the period
  • This was the last time we will see Kimmo Timonen play in Philadelphia. Let that sink in…

Next up for the Flyers is the Sharks on Saturday the 28th. With that, we thank Kimmo Timonen for seven great years in Philadelphia, and for the playoffs, go Chicago.

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