Philadelphia Flyers Player of the Week: Steve Downie

By Deanna Vasso
flyer of the week- Steve Downie
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It’s a bit late in the week already, but finally here is the Philadelphia Flyers‘ player of the week.

Other than their rout of the Detroit Red Wings last Wednesday, the Flyers did not that have that great of a week. They’ve been having an up and down season this year, so it’s still unclear where they will end up in the standings come April. Us diehard Flyers fans will still be holding out hope, but last week was surely a disappointment. With two disappointing losses at the hands of the Minnesota Wild and the Dallas Stars, can you blame us?

Their 6-3 victory over the Red Wings is where we saw the most action and where this week’s player of the week really shone. I almost gave the title to Sean Couturier again, because he did play really well in that game and has been showing signs of his old playing style. Even though Couturier did well, I felt that Steve Downie deserved some recognition for what he’s been doing on the ice.

Fans were not happy to see Downie come back to the team, especially since it sent Max Talbot to the Colorado Avalanche. It didn’t help that Downie immediately got injured, but as of late he’s been a really big help on his line with Couturier and Matt Read. In their game against the Red Wings, Downie got things started with a power play goal and he assisted Couturier in gaining the lead in the third period, which allowed the Flyers to eventually win. He seems to be doing well by influencing the younger player he shares a line with and his ability to be a good teammate last Wednesday is why I think he was last week’s Flyers of the Week.

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

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