Flyers Defeat Jets 2-1 on Black Friday
This is the earliest the Flyers have started a home game that I can ever remember. It's almost like they were trying to make us miss the opening face-off. Close but no cigar. I stumbled out of bed at roughly 11:14 in time to see the Flyers jump on the Jets early and gain a win.
Tim Thomas looked like the Tim Thomas we've seen in years past tonight. The Flyers played well and had more than enough chances, but nothing was getting by the former Olympian. With Thomas not letting anything through and hardly giving any good second-chance options on rebounds, even the rag-tag bunch of misfits we know as the Florida Panthers were able to beat the Flyers.
Flyers Top Senators 5-2
If only the Flyers could play the Ottawa Senators every game this year. They seem to have this team's number, outscoring them 10-2 in two games over the last 2 weeks. Three Flyers scored their first goal of the season tonight, including Sean Couturier, Kimmo Timonen and Adam Hall. The Flyers have now earned 9 of 10 possible points in their last 5 games and are only 2 points out of the third spot in the Metropolitan, the lowest guaranteed playoff position.
Flyers Lose in Shootout to Jets 3-2
Hey guys, it's Friday night so I'll keep this short. (Spoiler: I didn't keep that promise) The Flyers traveled up to Canada's version of a fly-over state, Manitoba, tonight to take on the Jets. Philadelphia could have made it 4 in a row, but gave up their lead late and eventually lost in an OT shootout. All things considered though, it was a very successful road trip. The Flyers took 5 of 6 possible points, including the 1 they got tonight that keeps them ahead of the Blue Jackets and out of the basement of the Metropolitan.
Well after tonight you can't call the Flyers recent win streak a fluke. There were some questions as to whether or not the guys had put it back together coming into tonight's game. Scoring 9 in the last 2 games it had surely looked that way, but there's no greater test than playing the Penguins in their home arena. Though for the Flyers that actually doesn't seem to be too hard. Let me put this simply, we own the Penguins in their own arena. With this win the Flyers are now 7-1-1 at the Consol Energy Center since it opened.
There was a lot of positive contributions from almost every Flyers player tonight, the biggest of which may have been the 24 shots that Steve Mason turned away tonight. This marks Mason's first shutout of the season and 20th of his career. Tonight may have been the one night though, where Mason didn't really need to shut the opposition out, thanks to 5 goals from the offense. This is now 9 goals in 2 games for the Flyers who seem to be piecing things together.
Claude Giroux may have found his stride this season finally, most likely due to his new mustache. Not that G wasn't notching points by way of assists, but it is good to remember that he is capable of scoring, now on pace for 5 goals this year.
Also notching his first goal of the season was Jay Rosehill, who scored the first goal of the game midway into the 1st by redirecting a Mark Streit pass. We all need to appreciate that goal, as it is only Rosehill's 4th career goal. One more and he tops his season record!
Flyers Fall to Carolina in OT
I guess if you're a fan of moral victories (and despite being a Saint Joe's basketball fan I'm still not) you can at least take solace in the fact that the Flyers got the game to overtime tonight for at least 1 point. 1 point is all that was received though, as the Flyers faded down the stretch again.
After an embarrassing defeat against the team from the nation's capital, the Flyers came to the Prudential Center with one goal on their mind: to not let up any goals. They executed that plan and scraped their way to a 1-0 victory over the Devils.