On Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers allowed eight goals and lost. On Wednesday night, they scored seven goals and won.
What a difference a night can make.
The Flyers’ effort in their home opener was ’embarrassing,’ and the players knew it. Both Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere used strong language to describe their thoughts on the game.
Giroux also said that they would get right back at it and get a win.
Games like that, they’re frustrating. But it’s one game, everyone needs to relax. We’ll go back to work tomorrow, get a win in Ottawa and then we’re going to move on from there.
And he was right.
The Flyers got one back in Ottawa and now they’re moving on from there. It’s no coincidence that Giroux and the rest of the top guns were the main contributors in the win.
The top line combined for eight points (four goals, four assists), and had a hand in five of the Flyers’ eight goals. Jake Voracek led the way with his five points (two goals, three assists), but Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier both scored as well. Giroux also added an assist on the opening power-play marker.
Reuniting the top line was much needed after a lackluster first two games. It wasn’t so much that they weren’t generating anything, but rather that the second line was struggling and needed a change.
Now, both of the top two lines seem to be clicking. The top line is back at it, even though some of their points came on the power play, and the second line is flying.
Nolan Patrick left the game with an upper-body injury, however, which could test the team’s depth. With him healthy, the three youngsters on the second line have done well to create offense, but they just haven’t gotten the finish.
Another big contributor was the man who said the team ‘sucked’ on Tuesday night, Shayne Gostisbehere.
Gostisbehere played 19:34, finishing with two assists and six shots on goal. He also had six shots on goal in the home opener to lead the team.
The Flyers are going to need to avoid any efforts like they had in their home opener, but the good news is that we have seen that they can bounce back; even if it was against Ottawa.