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Vincent Lecavalier Shines in Philadelphia Flyers’ Victory

lecavalier shines in Flyers win

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

When the Philadelphia Flyers took on the New York Islanders on Saturday, there was one player who stood out on the ice, and that was Vincent Lecavalier. 

Lecavalier recently returned to the lineup last Thursday and didn’t log a point, but on Saturday he showed up and went hard at Kevin Poulin‘s net. Lecavalier was really fired up in Saturday’s game and just would not quit, even when the game was within one goal late in the second period. He gave it his all and it really showed.

Lecavalier not only showed up early on by scoring the first goal of the game on the power play, but he also ensured the Flyers’ lead at the end of the first period and halfway into the third period, scoring a hat trick in the process. The goal in which he scored his first hat trick of the season, was the turning point of the game and also showcased his discipline. He was able to score on Poulin because he did not take his eye off the puck and followed through on his shot.

Lecavalier did not stop at the hat trick either, as the final period winded down he continued to be going to the net and taking the shot. That is exactly what the Flyers’ offense needs to be doing. The offense’s biggest problem is that they try to make their goals look too pretty; in this gritty sport who cares how you scored that goal, or won the game? What matters is that you did it.

Lecavalier’s perseverance should be a lesson to the rest of the team to not hesitate and to take that shot. Jakub Voracek also scored in the game, and Claude Giroux assisted on two of Lecavalier’s goals. This could be a sign that the Flyers are finally heading into the right direction.

Deanna Vasso is a Flyers writer for Rant Sports. You can follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook or join her Google network.