While it’s always exciting to be a Philadelphia Flyers fan after a big win, you have to remind yourself that it’s just one game. Which is what you also need to remind yourself after a bad game. However, the shortened season means that the Flyers need to be on top of the East this season, and so far they are not doing as well as to be expected.
Injures, the loss of Matt Carle and Jaromir Jagr to free agency aside, are the Flyers really ready to turn a corner?
Well their goaltending surely is. The biggest game changer in Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning was about who was in net. Ilya Bryzgalov is playing so much better than he was last season, that him playing in goal last night against the Lightning as opposed to Michael Leighton made a huge impact. But he wasn’t the only player showing why they earned their spot on the Flyers roster.
As a Flyers fan since birth, I practically bleed black and orange, and I know the team’s rich, gritty history, so I like a good fight every now and again. So of course I was excited when Zac Rinaldo took B.J Crombeen down, like literally, he knocked him out. That aside, what I like more than watching a good fight, is seeing a player that is more known for using their fists be the star of the game, and Tom Sestito came out and did that last night.
And it was awesome.
Sestito got the Flyers on the board early while Bryz and the defense held down the fort, and then after the Lightning tied the game, Sestito broke the tie with another goal that eventually led the Flyers to a win. The only thing that would have been better, would have been if Sestito could have notched a third to get a hat trick, but nonetheless it was still pretty cool to see. We haven’t seen much from him in terms of goal scoring in the past, so it will interesting to see what else he brings to the ice this season.
Overall the Flyers did appear to be playing different. Lately they have been sluggish on the power play and have been taking too many penalties but they are looking to redeem themselves in the weeks to come. They did take more penalties than the Lightning so that is still a problem for them, but they were more aggressive on the ice last night than they have been. They just need to keep up the good work.