I think the Philadelphia Flyers were taking pointers from the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, because like the Phillies, the Flyers also found a way to drop a huge lead that could have easily won them the game. But before I delve into another rant about how being a Flyers fan just means you hate yourself, let’s talk about Matt Read being back in the lineup.
Yes, the Matt Read who was supposed to be “out indefinitely” and then bumped to “six weeks” after he tore muscles in his rib cage. Apparently the Flyers suck at math more than I do, because to them six weeks means six games (one game being equal to one week).
Read was definitely rushed back to the ice, and I have a suspicion that it was because the Flyers were playing the Pittsburgh Penguins and wanted to seek revenge on the team that caused his injury. I don’t know who thought it was a good idea, because Read is having a hard time breathing and it hurts when he shoots the puck, so yeah you should totally put him on the ice tonight! (Note the sarcasm).
We didn’t see too much from Read, which makes sense, but we saw a lot from Jakub Voracek. I have no words anymore for how amazed I am with Voracek this season. I didn’t think he was a bad player last season, he was decent, but I just really wasn’t expecting him to be this good this season. He’s been active in mostly every game, if not with a goal of his own, he’s usually a set up man for his teammates to lob one in which is something the Flyers seriously need right now. He’s leading the team, and I’m wondering if Claude Giroux just handed over his super secret ginger kid hockey powers to his fellow redhead.
All kidding aside, Voracek was really influential in Thursday’s game. The Flyers scored four times in the game against the Penguins. Voracek was at the helm of the first and last goal, both of which were on the power play. These goals were also interestingly enough backed by defenseman Kimmo Timonen. Voracek was on fire in the first period, and then the Penguins weren’t having it and edged them by one goal to defeat them 5-4.
Voracek was great, but the team on a whole just was terrible. How do you allow your defense to break down like that and blow a huge lead? I’ve been ranting about the Flyers defense being terrible probably since I could talk, but things are really starting to come to a head and Flyers general manager, Paul Holmgren is going to make a big trade soon. I just know it.
Let’s go Flyers! Deanna Vasso is a Flyers writer for rantsports.com. You can follow her on Twitter @Dmvasso.