As predicted, it was another slow start at the Wells Fargo last night but this time the Flyers prevailed as they top the Blues to bring the gap to the Bruins down to just 3 points. You could argue that the game should have been postponed after dangerous weather conditions made it incredibly challenging for fans to get to and a serious hazard. But the show must go on was the phrase being uttered around the stands, and the show may as well have been the Philadelphia Play Off charge as the Bruins fell to the flames last night. A best case scenario for the Flyers.
The fans were hoping that the game would be worth the dangerous journey they had to undergo and most will have left satisfied, even It took the Flyers a while to get those fans their money’s worth. A sloppy first period saw the Flyers down 1-0 and a total lack of composure. R. J. Umberger missed an absolute sitter to tie the game. The puck came to him at the far post ready for a tap in but somehow Umberger managed to find anything but the back of the net. The play was disjointed and extremely worrying to watch. If this keeps happening in the early periods it’s only going to take a Bruins team to put 4 or 5 past Mason, who we have to give praise for after keeping the Flyers in the contest for most of the night.
The second period came and went without the goal and with ten to go in the third, Del Zotto got his 9th of the season in a continuing run of good form and once again, this sparked a complete overhaul in the third. A 17th of the season for Simmonds was part assisted by Read who was easily the best player on the ice. He played a vital part in the third period and the unit of Voracek, Read and Couturier worked wonders to get the team ahead. An open goal lead to Raffl putting the nail in the coffin and securing the two points.
It was a must win scenario last night and Philly delivered, it took a while and it was a little messy, but once again cometh the third period cometh the Flyers. Three late goals secure a victory and to defeat a team as well established this late on in the season as the Blues without putting major fatigue on your main stars, is definitely an achievement. Next stop, Boston. Let’s get this gap down to one.