After last night's loss I think we, as Flyers fans, were collectively holding our breath waiting for tonight's game in hopes that it would provide a happier ending. That didn't happen as the Blue Jackets and Flyers both kept their streaks alive as Columbus won it's 8th straight and the Flyers lost their 3rd straight.
The Flyers looked slow and the effort was definitely lacking in the first period tonight. Perhaps the snow delay threw them off their game a bit. This is the first of 8 games in a row against teams with winning records, so a win against Carolina, not exactly the cream of that crop, would have been good to have in hand. This loss keeps the Flyers in third place in the division. There is only 8 points of separation between the #2 and #8 teams currently.
The Flyers spent their afternoon in New York, as they visited the Islanders for the second half of a home-and-home series. After winning the first half in Philadelphia 6-4 on Saturday, the Flyers entered their final game of the season against the Islanders looking to improve to 4-0-0 for the season. Sloppy play and ill-timed penalties would cost the Flyers in the end, as they fell to the Islanders in a shootout, losing 4-3.
Steve Mason didn't have huge shoes to fill when he stepped in to replace the eccentric Ilya Bryzgalov last season. Pretty much all he had to do to become more likable with the Philadelphia media was smile and nod and not come off like metal patient. Mason did more than that though, he proved that he's actually a pretty damn good goalie, and today he was rewarded for that.
Predators Steal Win in Shootout
It took seven rounds to finally decide a winner, but in the end, Nashville's Roman Josi slipped one through Steve Mason's legs to give the Predators the OT win. The Flyers still gained a point in the 4-3 loss. Fun fact: Josi is Mark Streit's future defensive teammate on the Swiss Olympic team.
Rangers Roll Past Flyers 4-1
The Flyers hit a little bit of a speed bump this weekend after their hugely successful road trip. In a span of a day and a half, the orange and black dropped back-to-back games against the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers, the latter thanks to 3 first period goals.
The Flyers have really hit their stride as of late. They topped off their 5-1 road trip with their 10th straight home win, all of which came in regulation. This is the first time that's happened since 1984-85.
Not more than a few hours after getting the unexpected news that he would be left off the Canadian Olympic team, Claude Giroux led the Flyers back from the west coast to play the New Jersey Devils in the final game of a 6-game road trip. With the 3-2 win tonight, the Flyers achieved a 5-1 record on the trip.