It was the complete team effort Flyers fans have been looking for since the start of this dreadful season; from the last guy on the bench to the first-line stars, every player did their job, almost to perfection.
Ever since the closed door meeting following last Thursday’s 3-0 loss to New Jersey, this club has looked like a different team. The team we all expected to see from day one. Claude Giroux looks like the true star we’re accustomed to watching. Jake Voracek has been up on his skates, creating chances up and down the ice. Scott Hartnell is finally earning his paycheck again. Lecavalier appears to be that 2nd line presence they’ve been missing Briere’s decline began. And the list goes on.
Here’s a closer look into the Flyers drubbing of Ottawa:
- Surprisingly enough, despite his stellar play, Steve Mason put up his first shutout as a member of the Flyers organization. It wasn’t a particularly impressive performance, but #35 made all the saves he had to. It will be interesting to see if he gets the start again in Pittsburgh against the hated Pens.
- Goal scorers: Jake Voracek (2, 3), Vinny Lecavalier (7), Matt Read (4), and Brayden Schenn (PP-4); Assists: Claude Giroux (8, 9), Scott Hartnell (1), Steve Downie (7), Sean Couturier (4), Wayne Simmonds (5), Brayden Schenn (6), Vinny Lecavalier (3), Erik Gustafsson (3)
- The Flyers were excellent in all three zones tonight. Defensively they kept the high-flying Senator forwards along the perimeter and Mason didn’t allow any real second chance opportunities. Offensively, the orange and black were next to perfect on the forecheck. They controlled the puck for most of the game and capitalized when the time came.
- Unfortunately, Nicklas Grossmann left midway through the third with an undisclosed injury. Grossmann has arguably been the teams best defender this season and his loss would be pretty devastating, especially with Wednesday’s key divisional match-up.
- If the Flyers can pull off the win Wednesday night on national television against their most-hated rival it could signal that this organization has truly turned it around.
Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. on NBCSports.