Following the Eagles heart-breaking loss in Minnesota on Sunday, many Philly sports fans looked to the Flyers to try and salvage the day with a win in Washington. And heading into the final ten minutes of that game, with a 4-1 lead, it appeared as if atleast one Philadelphia team would come out victorious on that day. But, much like the Birds, the guys in orange and black choked. They ended up allowing the equalizer to Ovechkin with 47 seconds to go before losing in a shootout. So the team came into Tuesday night’s rematch determined not to cough up anymore points. And the Flyers certainly accomplished their goal with a convincing 5-2 victory.
With the victory, the team moves within 3 points of the all important third spot in the Metropolitan division. And they have a game in hand on the Carolina Hurricanes, who currently occupy that position. Let’s take a closer look at the victory:
- Jake Voracek, who continues to be red hot, scored two goals (including the Flyers opening score). The top line of Voracek-Giroux-Raffl continued to show impressive chemistry.
- Brayden Schenn left the game following a dangerous hit by Capitals rookie Tom Wilson. Wilson charged full speed from a good distance and sent Schenn flying headfirst into the boards. Schenn attempted to get to his feet several times but appeared to be extremely woozy. Wilson got a game misconduct and the Flyers received a 5-minute powerplay (in which they scored twice to break a 2-2 tie).
- Michael Raffl continued his impressive two-way play on the top line. He’s not the most skilled player with the puck but he does have impressive speed and solid passing skills.
- After struggling somewhat over the past week or so, goaltender Steve Mason had an excellent showing. Holding a team with the firepower that the Capitals have to just two goals is a nice accomplishment.
- Mark Streit appears to be hitting his stride offensively from the point. Over the past few weeks he’s had several poor showings, but recently he’s been scoring goals and making better decisions on the man advantage. In this game he let go a one-time rocket on the PP that put the Flyers ahead 3-2.
- Matt Read may be one of the most underrated players in the entire league. He never takes a shift off, is a force in all three zones, and now leads the club with 10 goals on the season.
- Wayne Simmonds broke a 10-game scoring slump in impressive fashion in the third period. He skated full-speed past a Caps defender to beat him to the puck then deked out netminder Braden Holtby to put the game away and give the good guys a 5-2 lead.
The season continues Thursday with the first of another home and home with the Columbus Blue Jackets. If they can manage to win both games (a tall order) it would push the Flyers ever closer to that third spot in the division.