It was the usual bad home start for the Philadelphia Flyers; trailing 1-0 to the Montreal Canadiens after one period of play. The Flyers came out red hot in the 2nd period and Sean Couturier snap a wrister past Montreal goaltender Carey Price. Simone Gagne made it 2-1 with about five minutes to go in the 2nd period.
Then on cue, the Flyers infamously blow another lead at the end of a period; giving up two goals in a span of twenty seconds. Just when things were looking up, the broad street bullies go ahead and thrown another knot into the stomachs of their loyal fans.
However, the 3rd period that ensued was unlike any other we have seen the Flyers play this season. They played a strong 3rd period from start to finish and won in comeback fashion.
It was the first time this season that the Flyers trailed going into the 3rd period, scored three unanswered goals, and gave up no goals on their way to victory. It was by far the strongest period of hockey the Flyers have played this season, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Amidst a 3 game winning streak, the first they have had all season, the Philadelphia Flyers find themselves 4 points out of the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference. There are three teams tied with 39 points that hold the 7th, 8th, and 9th seeds in the conference. Luckily for the Flyers, all three of those teams are in their division; The New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, and New York Rangers.
The remainder of the season consists of seven road games and five home games. The Flyers play the Islanders twice, home and away, and host the Rangers and Devils each one time at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers are completely capable of making a run at the playoffs, and are playing the most consistent hockey they have all year.
If the Philadelphia Flyers can sustain this level of play and win eight of their last twelve games, beating the aforementioned division rivals, expect to see them sneak into the playoffs. A young confident team with a hot goaltender can make a lot of noise; that’s something flyers fan love more than anything.