I was really skeptical of Simon Gagne coming back to the Philadelphia Flyers. When the trade happened I immediately went Liz Lemon on everyone. Meaning I tweeted “What the what?” The Flyers keep on re-acquiring former stars, so I just didn’t really get it. To me the trade only made sense if they were going to trade Danny Briere, or Gagne again, but the organization has since denied these rumors. Well at least the Briere one, but I have a suspicion that Gagne is looking to retire as a Flyer.
However, I have to admit, it was really nice to hear, “Gagne scores for a case of Tasty Cakes!” during the Flyers’ rout against the Washington Capitals. Gagne looked great out there, and I seriously cannot wait for his sweet looking beard, to turn into a sweet playoff beard. Let’s do this Flyers.
Considering the Caps record, I wasn’t really surprised that the Flyers won. Gagne may have only scored one goal in the game, but this was after he took a red eye flight to Philadelphia and skipped out on skating with the team. That was one way to win back the fans, who clearly missed Gagne. He received a standing ovation from the Wells Fargo Center before the puck dropped.
So Gagne being back is super exciting for Flyers fans, but he was not the only good thing about that game. The starting line consisting of Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux, and Jakub Voracek, or the “Ginger line” as fans have been calling it, came up strong. Giroux scored assisted by Hartnell 23 seconds into the game. Yes, you read that correctly, 23 seconds. Giroux certainly missed his linesmate and we’re seeing that having Hartnell back is really helping the Flyers. The two certainly know how to find each other on the ice, which is great because they really need to be giving it 100% right now.
In previous games the Flyers have fallen flat due to them just completely dropping leads, and they haven’t played a full 60 minutes in a really long time. This was the first time in the long time we have actually seen them play a full game. And we need to see them do this again when they face off against top-tier Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon.