Finally! Some Effort from the Orange & Black, Flyers Defeat Stars in Shootout; Clinch Playoff Berth
Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky saw his first game action in a week, and he didn’t disappoint. Bob made 28 saves and was absolutely incredible in the shootout helping propel the Flyers to a much needed 2 points Saturday night in Dallas. Bobrovsky was making his first start since a 5-4 overtime loss to the Thrashers, a game that saw the Flyers blow a 3-0 3rd period lead.
Since then the Flyers effort simply hasn’t been there. While they weren’t perfect Saturday night, the effort was clearly there, a good sign for Flyers fans. The orange and black came into Dallas and played a very tough game against a very tough opponent in the Stars. The shootout win clinches a playoff spot for the Flyers, who didn’t clinch a spot until the last day of the regular season last year.
Jeff Carter and Mike Richards tallied for the Flyers in regulation, while Claude Giroux and Ville Leino scored in the shootout. Leino clinched the win with a shootout goal, beating Kari Lehtonen as the 12th shooter in the shootout.
The win is certainly something to build on for the Flyers, but their work isn’t finished. The kind of effort they showed Saturday night must translate on the ice the rest of the way.
The Flyers currently lead the Eastern Conference by 2 points over the Washington Capitals who they’ll face Tuesday night in Philadelphia. They currently lead the Atlantic Division by 6 points over the Pittsburgh Penguins who they’ll face on Thursday in Philadelphia. The Flyers have a big week coming up, a chance to seriously improve their chances of heading to into the playoffs as the number one seed.
** Coming Monday to GetFlyerdUp.com – Possible 1st round match-ups for the Flyers - We’ll look at the Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes **