So I figured we ought to hang around for a while and see if we can give ‘em all a nice big shitburger to eat!
I’ll take mine with cheese and I’ll eat it with gusto if they keep winning. The Flyers managed to string together three straight victories for the first time all season and are showing signs of coming together as a team while they continue to drop like flies. Zac Rinaldo missed the third period last night and it is reported he will be out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain.
It wasn’t a particularly well-played game and it seemed like it would play out much like the rest of the season has been. The effort was there, but the team was not sharp. Passes were in the skates and much of their play just seemed a half step out of sync. Montreal scored first with a heavily screened Bryzgalov unable to locate the puck. The Flyers managed to tie things up when Sean Couturier, who has looked less like a lost lamb lately, scored on a fortunate deflection off PK Subban. They would later take the lead when Luke Schenn shot a pass wide of Mike Knuble and rebounded off the back boards right to Simon Gagne who easily shot it past a slow reacting Carey Price for his third goal of the season.
Then things got ugly fast. Following an all too familiar script the Flyers managed to relinquish the lead to Montreal less than one minute later on a bad turnover by Luke Schenn in the neutral zone. Bryzgalov had little chance of stopping this shot when a two on one quickly developed and ended with Brandon Prust shooting into an open net. Twelve seconds later Montreal went ahead when a shot deflected upwards off of Brayden Schenn’s stick and buzzed over the ducking Ilya Bryzgalov. When your goalie’s first instinct is to flinch out-of-the-way puck and your internal memory wishes for Roman Chechmanek, you get worried. Like when you can’t remember if you unplugged something when you are an hour from your house and the fear of it being engulfed by flames enters your brain.
Usually this is where they would tuck their tails between their legs and curl up in the fetal position. Instead, emboldened by their new-found sense of pride the Flyers fought back on a pair of ugly goals. Wayne Simmonds, who seems to be coming out of his latest slump, got credit for a goal deflecting off his skate on a shot from the suddenly functional Bruno Gervais. Erik Gustaffson showed great patience along with Matt Read’s work in front of the net for the go ahead goal. Jakub Voracek rounded out the scoring with an empty netter to seal the win.
Suddenly the Flyers are fun to watch again. Their hard work is starting to pay off and the puck is finally bouncing their way because of it. If they maintain this work ethic there is a chance they can get some momentum and things could start clicking. Whether they can do this enough to salvage this season is up in the air, but it is nice to see some success as they move forward. First things first, win tonight in Toronto and pull even to .500. There is no other option other than to take things one game at a time and control what they can. I’m going to try to enjoy this little streak for as long as I can.