The Philadelphia Flyers began a six-game road trip on Saturday night when they visited the Edmonton Oilers. Picking up a win against a the gritty team, the Flyers had their work cut out for them Monday night when the squared off against the Vancouver Canucks. However, they were able to pick up another impressive victory over the Western Conference powerhouse by a score of 4-3.
The Flyers only find themselves a third of the way through their west coast trip, but they’ve been able to reveal a lot about themselves in those two games.
Both victories came after regulation in the form of a shootout. Philadelphia has been able to come up clutch and show poise when it has mattered the most, especially against a very good Canucks team. Vancouver is arguably the best opponent the Flyers have had to face this season next to the Chicago Blackhawks. Yet, the orange and black didn’t give up and were able to press the Canucks the entire contest and in every aspect of the game.
Believe or not, Saturday night’s game proved to be a big win for the Flyers as well. Philadelphia has had a habit of overlooking to NHL‘s worst teams this year and because of that, the Flyers have lost some very easy contests. However, the Flyers came into Edmonton Saturday night knowing that no game is ever certain. With a strong mindset, the Flyers were able to shutdown the Oilers.
The Flyers have also been able to showcase their offensive explosiveness, posting four goals (including shootouts) in both victories. In fact, their offense is so hot that Philadelphia has now scored at least four goals in six of their last seven games. Sleep is something Philadelphia didn’t want to lose on this road trip and so far, they’re resting their heads peacefully at night. Not even the jet lag is slowing these guys down.