The Philadelphia Flyers are making a push for the playoffs after their fourth win a row, this time handing the Toronto Maple Leafs their first loss in four games. The trade deadline looked quaint for the Flyers, but both Jay Rosehill and Adam Hall showed why GM Paul Holmgren added them to the fold.
Rosehill had a goal and a fight, one assist away from the Gordie Howe hat trick, while Hall won half of his faceoffs and played a great two-way game. Both men simultaneously delivered a crushing hit on Joffrey Lupul, who did not return to the game after hitting the ice.
The already bruised Flyers lost potentially their most valuable piece in the win, Finnish defenseman Kimmo Timonen. His undisclosed injury kept him out of the third period, something that became quite obvious after the Flyers iced the puck for the umpteenth time. If Timonen is actually hurt for a substantial amount of games, then newcomers Oliver Lauridsen and Kent Huskins will have a ton of ice time in their future.
Forward James van Riemsdyk made the Flyers pay for trading him, scoring a top-shelf goal to bring the Leafs within one goal with 13 minutes to go. But the defensemen the Flyers traded van Riemsdyk to get, Luke Schenn, iced the game with an empty netter.
The Flyers have two away games up next, one at the slumping Winnipeg Jets and another at Atlantic rival New York Islanders. With tonight’s win, the Flyers are now two points behind the New York Rangers and three away from a playoff spot.