When the Philadelphia Flyers returned to the ice against the New York Rangers on Thursday night, they actually showed up to play the game. After a week of not playing, it was skeptical if it would really do the team good, but they looked refreshed and ready to play hockey.
The Flyers and the Rangers were pretty well matched, since both of the Metropolitan division teams have been struggling since the NHL season opened, the Flyers more so than the Rangers. However, despite the outcome of the game, the Flyers came really close a few times, but unlike their other games they did not lose their momentum.
They did, however, get really lucky when the Rangers’ second goal was disallowed. Had the goal been allowed, the Flyers would have had to fight a bit harder for the win. We’ll take the win, as this team needs all the hope that they can get. Perhaps that weeklong break really gave this team what they needed?
Don’t jump to conclusions so early. Although Steve Mason continued to be strong in net and playing the puck, and Matt Read was strong in leading the team, there were still some issues on the ice with this team. First of all, both Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek have not scored a single goal this season. As the two players that led the team last season, their scoring drought is not a good sign for the Flyers struggling offense.
This may have been a better game for the team, but it was only one game, and we’ll see Saturday if the Flyers are really back to their old tricks.