It has been a time span that has seemed like forever. The last time Philadelphia Flyers hockey was this exciting was two seasons ago against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Flyers are clearly playing the hottest hockey in the Metropolitan Division right now. In their last ten games they have built up an 7-2-1 record all while bullying two straight wins from the Pens over this past weekend and taking down the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks last night at the Wells Fargo Center. These past three games in particular, though, have been the high point of that ten-game stretch, and with their top guys scoring goal after goal, it’s no wonder the Flyers are smoking.
Philadelphia has scored 11 goals in their last three games — games that included the winner of each of the last three Stanley Cups by the way. Believe it or not, nine of those goals have come from their top four scorers. The Flyers’ veterans, older and younger, are showing grit at its finest, and it couldn’t come at a better time.
Scott Hartnell scored two goals in last night’s contest while also tallying one against Pittsburgh over the weekend. Though one of his goals from last night’s game was a lucky bounce, if it wasn’t for that moment, who knows if the Flyers would have showed up the rest of the way.
The team also rode the back of their captain Claude Giroux again last night. No. 28 blasted one into the net with a mere four seconds left in overtime.
But just because a player doesn’t have a letter over their left shoulder doesn’t mean they can’t score. Wayne Simmonds has netted two goals of his own over these past three games, and Matt Read has arguably been the most impressive player in this recent group of games, scoring three goals himself.
Not to take anything away from the rest of the guys on the team. All of them have the ability to score. Bryaden Schenn also had one of the 11 goals over the past three games. However, if these four players continue to dominate like they have been, it’s going to be extremely difficult to stop the surging offense of the Flyers.