There are finally signs of life on Broad Street! The Flyers brought the intensity at home tonight against the Winnipeg Jets and received some contributions from unlikely sources to win their third straight game. Defenseman Nick Schultz notched his first goal of the season, and first in 126 games, with assists from Petr Straka (first NHL point) and Ryan White (first Philadelphia Flyer point). Chris Vande Velde, Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn & Sean Couturier also scored as the Flyers rolled to a decisive 5-2 victory.
Flyers Go Streaking, Beat Jets 5-2
Wayne Simmonds scored the Flyers first goal of the night during a first period power play and bookended his effort with the deciding (and only) goal in the shootout to give Philadelphia a 4-3 win over Arizona. This marks the Flyers second shootout win this season in 7 tries and earned them the extra point, which is much needed if the Flyers have any hope of going on a run to get into the playoffs.
The 2014-15 Flyers are not the best incarnation of the Flyers we've ever seen. Playoffs are not looking likely, but a game against our bottom b*tches from Pittsburgh always is good for the psyche. In typical Pittsburgh-Philly fashion tonight's game was a slugfest. There were nearly 100 penalty minutes between the 2 teams and 4 fights, all in the second period, which the Flyers dominated. Claude Giroux would bookend the Flyers effort with a power play goal with 1:03 left in overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 win.
Six tries was all it took, but the Flyers finally finished a shootout game with a win, thanks almost entirely to Wayne Simmonds. The Wayne Train scored the lone Flyer goal in the third period as well as the shootout goal in the fifth round to give Philadelphia the 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators in the Flyers' first home game since December 18.