I hate to say I told you so (just kidding, I love it), but Peter Laviolette and the Philadelphia Flyers that we know and love are back with a vengeance (I told you all to be patient and have faith and those who have, have been rewarded) . All the haters who said to fire Laviolette after the loss in Montreal are now biting their tongues because he was an integral part of the Flyers win last night. Everyone who wasn’t convinced by the 7-0 win against the New York Islanders on Monday will have definitely changed their minds after the 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins last night.
Sure there were mistakes made, I myself was doubtful when the Flyers found themselves trailing 2-0 in the first period, but Peter Laviolette called a time out that seemed to put his boys back in the game. The Flyers came back with the weirdest goal I’ve ever seen. All five Penguins players were in the net and the goal was eventually scored by Nicklas Grossmann off of Kris Letang’s helmet. Simmonds had a beauty after that to tie the game at 2 going into the second period. After tying it the Flyers didn’t trail for the rest of the game.
Jakub Voracek was by far the star of the game getting a hat trick and scoring the game winner with 1:30 left in the 3rd period. There would be another hat trick to be had in this game as well, a Gordie Howe hat trick was earned by Wayne Simmonds (a fight, a goal, and an assist for those who don’t know).
Honourable mention goes to the Flyers penalty killers especially those involved in the insanely long 5-on-3 in the third period. If there is one thing the Flyers can do it is kill a penalty.
I hope these are the Flyers that come to play for the rest of the season. Claude Giroux has lead this team back to where they once were and with Scott Hartnell on his way back in we can expect play like this to continue. There will definitely be a playoff run this year for the Philadelphia Flyers.