The Philadelphia Flyers only played two games last week, but they played way better than they did earlier this season. They are currently on a two-game winning streak so it looks like they may finally be heading into the right direction.
Steve Mason again was solid in net, but despite his performance he is not the Flyers’ Player of the Week this week. Instead that title goes to Vincent Lecavalier which should not come as a surprise to any fans due mostly to Lecavalier’s performance in the Flyers’ rout of the New York Islanders last Saturday night. Lecavalier, who was pretty quiet in their game last Thursday, more than made up for it on Saturday as he pounded the Isles net and scored his first hat trick of the season. Fun fact, it was also his first hat trick since March of 2008.
Lecavalier was performing semi-decent prior to his injury, but his performance really proved that he has what it takes to be a household name to every Philadelphian. Lecavalier’s initial signing was a bit odd for most fans, but those who tried to be optimistic about it thought that perhaps his veteran status would rub off on the younger players. So far, the Flyers haven’t had that much luck offensively, but being on the same line with Lecavalier may help Claude Giroux who assisted two of his goals. Something needs to pull the captain out of his scoreless drought, and if Lecavalier can do it would be a tremendous help to this team.
The Flyers return home to face the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday, and what the team needs to learn from Lecavalier is to keep their eye on the puck and just shoot at the net, even if it’s a long shot.