After giving up two early goals, the Philadelphia Flyers didn’t waste any time getting themselves back into the game. Scoring twice before the end of the first period and leaving the ice deadlocked with one of the NHL’s best, the Chicago Blackhawks, they continued to demonstrate their ability to play with anyone and the danger they represent come playoff time.
The game continued on for much of the night with the teams unable to break the tie. Philadelphia saw some golden opportunities slip away, hitting the pipes five times over the course of the game. With plenty of chance on the power play to take the lead, the Flyers squandered their shot more than once, but were defensively stellar to keep the balance at hand.
It was then that the stage was set for the thrilling overtime ending which saw the Flyers gain their third straight victory with just seconds remaining on the clock before the shootout. Through the win, two things are evident in regards to Philadelphia heading into the final stretch of the regular season.
The captain, Claude Giroux, is playing like a man possessed. Since spending the Olympic break watching from the comfort of his home instead of representing his country, his play has been nothing short of astounding. He has led by example, outworking and often controlling the ice at both ends regardless of the opponent.
His production has been consistent of late, with seven points on six assists and a game-winning goal in his last four games — three against division opponents. After his slow start to the season, he has climbed into the top-five in points in the league and currently looks unstoppable. The Flyers are riding the coattails of their leader and as long as he continues with the determination which is currently driving his play, the possibilities for Philadelphia are endless.
Especially over the past three games, the Flyers are demonstrating just how dangerous they can be in a playoff situation. Able to match some of the league’s best stride for stride, they’re a team that few will look forward to facing in the postseason if they can secure their spot.
Their renewed sense of urgency, as well as their rejuvenated offensive firepower, makes them a potential giant killer. Philadelphia’s refusal to back down regardless of the opponent will make a difference when the stakes become higher and it’s win or go home.