With every win that the Philadelphia Flyers put together — now winning six of their last eight — they are proving more and more they are not the same team that they were at the beginning of the season.
Last night’s 4-3 shootout victory was their second straight road win — something they’ve only done two other times this season. It was also their second straight shootout win, bringing their win loss total in shootouts to 3-3. They have always been a notoriously horrible shootout team, but time and time again they are getting clutch performances at the right time.
Also in both games so far this road trip the Flyers have won in come from behind fashion. Last night they erased deficits of 2-1 and 3-2 to rally for the victory. The Flyers team we saw at the beginning of the season would’ve laid down and accepted defeat.
While Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds both had their point streaks come to an end the captain Claude Giroux extended his to nine with another multi-point effort. Brayden Schenn scored the game tying goal with less than one minute left, and Vincent Lecavalier scored the lone goal in the shootout to give the Flyers the win.
The real story of the night was goaltender Steve Mason who made 41 saves after making only 13 on Saturday. Night after night the Flyers are proving they have so many weapons that can do damage, and they are all getting hot at the same time. There’s a new hero with each and every win, and Monday night it was the combination of Schenn and Mason.
The key to all this is that the Flyers are finally becoming a complete team. They are finding ways to win in every fashion possible. Comebacks, on the road, shootouts, overtime — however you can get it the Flyers have delivered of late, and the knockout punch can come from any one of 12 different players. The Flyers are becoming a complete team and a dangerous one at that.