Flyers Rally Over the Weekend; Get Back On Track
The Philadelphia Flyers had a rough night on Thursday.
Following a 7-3 drubbing to the San Jose Sharks, the mood in the locker room was filled with disappointment and confusion. Both Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell said after the game that they don't know where it went wrong, but they needed to get back to playing their style of hockey.
Or as Hartnell worded it, "Flyers hockey."
The Flyers got back to that style, beating the Rangers 4-2 on Saturday. Steve Mason bounced back to stop 33 shots after a dismal outing on Thursday.
“It shows that we have short memories here," Mason told reporters on Saturday. "You can’t focus on the things that have already happened; you can only control what’s ahead of you. We did a good job bouncing back today."
On Sunday, the Flyers came back to beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 in overtime. It was their 11th third period comeback win of the season, and their sixth win in the last seven games.
The Flyers also took over second place in the Metropolitan division. They had a one point lead on the Rangers, who play tonight against the Boston Bruins.
The comeback was fueled by Jakub Voracek, who scored to make it 4-3 before his shot was deflected by Claude Giroux to tie the game up with an empty net and 65 ticks left on the clock.
In overtime, Vincent Lecavalier scored his 14th goal of the season as well as his 900th career NHL point. He is just three goals away from 400 in his career.
It capped a tremendous game for both forwards and defenseman Kimmo Timonen, who all had three points. Giroux scored two goals with an assist, Voracek had a goal and two assists and Timonen had three assists.
The Flyers were all over Washington after trailing 2-1 after the first period. They outshot the Capitals 30-12 after the end of the first, including 16-3 in the third period and overtime.
Adam Hall tied the game up 2-2 with his fourth goal of the season midway through second. But the Capitals responded just 54 seconds later to take a 3-2 lead on Jay Beagle's open net opportunity.
Dmitry Orlov scored his second goal of the game later in the period to give the Rangers a 4-2 lead. At that point, the Flyers looked lost in the ice until Voracek's goal in the third sparked their play.
With the deadline coming up at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the Flyers have played their last game before moves could potentially be made. If the Flyers were to make a move, they have time to mull over where they are this season.
If the Flyers do make a move though, don't expect anything major. The most impactful move they could make would be trading Andrej Meszaros to a team in need of defensive depth.