After stealing the first of two against the Washington Capitals in overtime in the nation’s capital, the Philadelphia Flyers returned home and sealed the sweep with the help of plenty of offensive production.
Philadelphia jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back, continuing to build on a strong beginning since returning from the Olympic break. Led once again by captain Claude Giroux, who seems to be on a mission, as well as Jakub Voracek, the Flyers were able to score enough to hold on in the end. Each of the first line duo scored a pair in the victory and continue to build on the standings.
The game showed plenty of grit and intensity from the start, with a brawl breaking out early that saw Vinny Lecavalier sent to the locker room for the game. This demonstrated that the Flyers are fighting for every inch, from top to bottom. Followed by two more goals, extending the lead to four, Philadelphia never looked back.
The Capitals were able to make some leeway in the third, gaining ground and making things close. But in the end, Philadelphia’s offense was too much to handle.
The story behind the Flyers since returning from the hiatus continues to be the production from different places. Spreading things out and depending often times on all four lines for contributions, they are also making themselves tough to read. They seem to be hitting their stride at just the right time, and are ready to make some noise in the postseason. In addition, Giroux seems to have found the magic that had him in the discussion last season as one of the world’s best players. If he continues to heat up and lead the Flyers, the young core will most likely follow suit, making Philadelphia an extremely dangerous opponent.
If they can continue to stay hot and build confidence, there’s no telling just how dangerous they can be in the playoffs. Add to that the stellar goaltending that has been demonstrated by Steve Mason for a good part of the season, and Philadelphia is becoming a contender right before our eyes.