The Philadelphia Flyers have been turning things around recently, and they had an especially good week. They won all three of their games this week to put them on a three-game win streak as they head to Florida to take on the Florida Panthers on Monday. They had a good week, because the offense has really been gelling together. Because of this, it was a bit difficult to decide who gets named the Player of the Week.
After some consideration, this week, I’m giving it to Matt Read. Read’s potential has grown since he was picked up, undrafted, by the Flyers, but he is consistently getting better with more ice time. Read only got an assist in the Flyers’ win against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, but it was his performance in Thursday and Saturday night’s games that really displayed his star power.
In the Flyers’ victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night, Read was at the net constantly, especially in the second period. He got a lot of help from linemates Sean Couturier and Steve Downie, as the two helped him score back-to-back goals in the game to help the Flyers toward a lead. Goals from teammates Vincent Lecavalier and Scott Hartnell also helped, but Read’s ability to get the puck behind the crease is really what set him apart from his teammates.
In Saturday’s game against the New York Islanders, it was definitely a team effort to get five goals behind the Isles’ net, but Read started it off right with a goal almost immediately after the puck drop. The Downie-Couturier-Read line was at it again, as his linemates again assisted him in his goal. Scoring the first goal was key to fire up the rest of the team, and it certainly worked, as goals from Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn followed.
Read got the last laugh at the Isles by ending the game with the empty netter, and it’s because of his influence on the ice this week that he deserves the title of Player of the Week.