It finally happened. The Philadelphia Flyers finally broke out of their funk, hanging five goals on the New York Islanders. One man specifically got in on most of the fun, and that man is Vincent Lecavalier. He tallied his seventh career hat trick, and his last one came against this same Islanders team.
He finally displayed the type of offensive skills the Flyers thought they were getting when they signed him. This wasn’t just about Lecavalier though; the offense as a whole really clicked for the first time all season. Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux looked like the offensive stars they were last year.
Giroux tallied three assists and was all over the ice as a playmaker, and Voracek showed his dangerous scoring touch and power along the boards that he displayed consistently last year. It was a positive sign in a season filled with negativity.
This can’t become a one game fluke. The Flyers really need to build on this offensive effort. The power play looked a lot smoother, but for the most part, the Flyers scored in 5-on-5 play. Passing and touch around the net that was lacking the first nine games of the season was there tonight.
The Flyers now come home for two straight games at the Wells Fargo Center. After this performance, the fans are expecting 60 minute efforts with goals scored, not some of the slop they have seen this season. Coach Craig Berube, being the no nonsense guy he is, will also demand high level of play going forward.
It is still early in the season. The Flyers can still make something of this season with 72 games left, and it starts Tuesday night at home.