The Philadelphia Flyers were coming off a game on Sunday where they blew a three-goal lead against the Washington Capitals and eventually lost 5-4 in a shootout. But tonight, they turned the tables against the same Caps, coming back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits before finally breaking out and winning the game 5-2. It was only the sixth time this year in 34 games that the Flyers have scored five or more goals as they are 26th in the NHL in goals per game.
The turning point in this game came in the end of the second period when Tom Wilson of the Caps got a five-minute major for charging with the game tied 2-2. The Flyers proceeded to score two goals on that five-minute power play and put the game away by taking a 4-2 lead going into the second period intermission.
Jakub Voracek had two goals and Mark Streit, Wayne Simmonds and Matt Read each added a goal. For Read, it was his team-leading 10th goal but besides that, it was encouraging to see where the points came from tonight.
With Steve Mason starting to struggle a bit lately in net (four-plus goals allowed in three of the last six) it is important that the offense starts to get it going, and some of the key players for the Flyers are starting to step up at exactly the right time. Voracek’s two goals give him a five-game point streak with seven points during that stretch. Giroux also tallied another assist to give him six points in his last four games.
Even Simmonds got off the schnied with his first goal in three weeks. Last year, these three were the top three in goals scored for the team with 50 combined, and they need to get hot if the team wants to make a playoff push.
Giroux and Voracek are getting hot and building amazing chemistry on the top line. The Flyers are now only one point out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Let’s see if Giroux and the boys can continue the offensive surge with their next game on Thursday.